Individuals under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume alcohol in New York, and even traces of the compound can lead to severe consequences for young drivers. The legal driving limit in New York is .08 percent for adults, but individuals under the age of 21 are considered intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of just .02 percent.
A 35-year-old New York man was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol on the evening of Feb. 6 after he allegedly lost control of his pickup truck while attempting to make a right turn. The East Hampton resident was also charged with the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after police discovered that his driver's license had been suspended. Media reports indicate that the man's bail has been set at $7,500.
On March 1, a New York woman was accused of being involved in a hit and run her and her passenger with minor injuries. Authorities stated that the accident occurred at about 11:21 p.m. in Public Square in Watertown.
Law enforcement agencies in New York are struggling to develop a reliable method of identifying drivers who are too high to be behind the wheel. With the recent legalization of marijuana in many parts of the United States and the growing acceptability of marijuana use generally, the stakes are high for police. Yet there remains no reliable roadside impairment test for acute marijuana intoxication.
Those who plan on being in certain parts of New York on St. Patrick's Day should expect an increased police presence aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the road. For example, on March 14, the Putnam County sheriff announced that there would be increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints from March 16 to March 19. The extra efforts are part of the STOP-DWI campaign that is taking place across the state.
On Feb. 12, New York authorities reported that a 16-year-old man was charged with DWI after he was accused of causing a wrong-way crash. According to the report, the crash took place on Sunrise Highway service road in Bohemia.
On Jan. 21, a man in New York was accused of causing an accident and fleeing the scene after driving drunk with a child passenger in his car. The 30-year-old man was driving a 2010 Toyota in Hempstead at 2:35 a.m. when he struck a 2015 Toyota in a head-on collision. The accident happened while the defendant was making a right turn and the other driver was waiting at a red light.
Although it is extremely rare, New York residents may be interested to learn about a condition called auto-brewery syndrome. This occurs when a person's digestive system keeps too much yeast in the body. When a person with this syndrome eats a starch, the yeast and the carbohydrates from the starch can turn into ethanol. Essentially, a person may suffer the effects of alcohol, including a high blood-alcohol level, without drinking.
When out-of-state drivers are charged with DWIs in New York, they may face consequences in both New York as well as in their home states. Similarly, New Yorkers who are charged with DWIs in other states may face consequences in the states where they were charged with the DWIs as well as in New York.
On Jan. 1, an 18-year-old New York man was taken into police custody after he took a police cruiser on a 13-mile joyride. According to the report, the teen took the vehicle after he had been taken into custody for driving his own car while intoxicated at about 2 a.m.