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.
Law enforcement agencies in New York and around the country have been clamping down on drunk driving, and these efforts combined with persuasive public awareness campaigns appear to be bearing fruit, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The NSDUH, which is released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides federal agencies with data concerning drug use and alcohol and tobacco consumption in the United States.
A 51-year-old man in New York was charged for felony driving while intoxicated on Dec. 18. The man was stopped while he was driving in East Hampton at around 1:14 a.m. According to reports, the man has one prior conviction for drunk driving from 2014, and his driver's license is still suspended from that incident.