It is no secret that Fourth of July is a holiday enjoyed by millions throughout the country. Barbeques, boating and booze seem to go together at this time. However, for those in New York during the Fourth, it is important to plan a sober ride as there is a statewide focus on stopping drunk drivers.
As the school year winds down, high school seniors all over New York and across the nation are getting excited about graduation. Not only does it mark a major milestone in any teens' life, it also means attending scores of graduation parties with friends and classmates.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It's a phrase we've all heard before and a presumption in the law that many consider to be the most important element of our criminal justice system. But did you know that this presumption does not apply in all criminal cases? If you didn't know this, you're not alone. In fact, many New Yorkers may be completely unaware of one particular law that forces people into challenging legal situations.
In a 2014 letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, New York's own Sen. Chuck Schumer urged federal regulators to place a ban on a new product called Palcohol that the senator believed would become "the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking." To this day, Sen. Schumer still believes that people would undoubtedly abuse Palcohol; and with recent approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, it's possible that Sen. Schumer's concern could become a reality down the road.
On March 12, a 26-year-old man received a prison sentence for seven years after he lost control of his vehicle while impaired in July 2012 and drove into and killed a 56-year-old construction worker in New York. The driver operated his Audi after he spent three hours drinking with friends. Law enforcement who responded to the scene could smell alcohol and noticed his bloodshot eyes. According to information released by officials, the driver was traveling eight miles over the posted speed limit. However, he did not plead guilty to felony drunk driving but to second degree vehicular manslaughter. The district attorney felt that the sentence, which was the longest prison term the accused man could legally receive, was warranted because of the circumstances surrounding the crime. The construction worker's daughter agreed although she realizes no sentence of any length will bring her father back. However, she added that the stiff penalty will send a stern warning that drunk driving will be punished and that other drivers might think twice before getting behind the wheel after they have partied. She hopes that someone else will not suffer the way her family has.
A 58-year-old South Salem man was arrested on February 24 after being pulled over for suspected drunk driving. After being arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, the man could face serious penalties if convicted. The man was traveling south down New Norwalk Road in the early evening hours, and he was pulled over by a police officer after turning onto Urban Street. The police officer, who was equipped with radar, alleges that the man was traveling faster than the posted speed limit. The officer stated that when he approached the man's car, there was a strong aroma of alcohol. The man complied with the officer's request to perform a field sobriety test. After performing the test, the police officer determined that the man failed the test and placed him under arrest. The man was taken to jail and later posted a $260 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on March 8.
In the state of New York, a DWI conviction can have wide-reaching consequences for the convicted. Not only will a conviction likely lead to the loss of driving privileges unless hardship can be proven, but it also can lead to possible jail time and fines. There are a variety of situations that may cause a driver to be arrested for driving while over the legal limit for blood-alcohol content, and a recent incident involving a nearly nude woman arrested for DWI demonstrates just how varied those arrested for DWI can be.
A drunk driving conviction can have serious consequences, including license suspension, hefty fines and possibly even a jail sentence. When drunk driving results in a car accident where others are injured or killed, the stakes become even higher. A New York man learned this the hard way when a crash killed a 21-year-old passenger in the car he was driving.
When someone is arrested for DWI charges, police may add other charges such as an illegal open container, resisting arrest or other traffic violations. In such cases, defendants can face more severe penalties than if they were only charged with DWI. A New York man is in just such a situation after an arrest for drunk driving.
The Share Christmas and Holiday program in Pearl River was interrupted Friday night by a driver who police say was drunk. Police say the 46-year-old driver maneuvered around barricades and police cars that blocked off the event that was taking place on South Main Street.