New York law enforcement authorities have reported that a 73-year-old woman was handed charges of drunk driving on June 7 in connection with an accident involving an unmarked police vehicle. Media reports claim that the woman's blood alcohol level was .21 percent at the time of the crash. Motorists with blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher are considered intoxicated under New York law. The accident took place on April 26 in Wellsville at approximately 4:30 p.m.
In New York and throughout the country, law enforcement is increasingly using police body cams and dashboard cameras. Whether it's at the station or during a traffic stop, police often record suspects taking field sobriety tests.
The driver who caused a fatal accident in Times Square in New York earlier in May reportedly had gotten off easy in a second drunken driving case. The driver, who had been taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving in 2015, was not required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle.
A New York man was arrested and charged with drunk driving in the parking lot of a police academy in Albany. The incident happened on May 17 in the parking lot of the New York State Police Academy.
New York motorists who have multiple prior alcohol- or drug-related traffic convictions may have their drivers' licenses permanently revoked. On May 9, the Court of Appeals ruled that the laws allowing lifetime bans were constitutionally permissible.
New York motorists who have a first-time conviction for driving under the influence are required by law to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. However, this is not the case in every state. As of March 2016, only 26 states had a mandatory requirement that the device must be installed after a first offense when a person is driving over the legal limit. In other states, the device is installed when the driver has a higher blood alcohol content, often .15 or above, for a second offense or at the discretion of the judge.
Hip-hop fans in New York and around the country probably know Keith Cozart better by his stage name Chief Keef. The 21-year-old rapper burst onto the music scene in 2011 and has since released several highly acclaimed mixtapes and studio albums, but he has also had his share of trouble with the law. Cozart was taken into custody by police in California in January after he allegedly assaulted a music producer in his home, and he provided gossip columnists with more headlines on April 8 when he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs in Florida.
Drugged driving incidents are becoming far more common in New York and around the country according to reports from the nation's police departments and data from several federal agencies. Marijuana remains the most common illegal drug found in the systems of impaired motorists, but police in Rust Belt states like Ohio and Michigan say that they are far more concerned about an epidemic of opiate addiction.
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.