Police say that a 51-year-old New York man showed up to a meeting with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit. He had been ordered to attend the meeting as part of a sentence on a DWI conviction. The purpose was to listen to others who had experiences with drunk drivers. The man insisted that he had not driven to the meeting on his own.
Police in New York took a 51-year-old man into custody on drunk driving charges on the afternoon of Jan. 27 after he was allegedly discovered passed out behind the wheel. A captain with the Port Authority Police Department, who was patrolling in a marked vehicle at the time, is said to have come across a 2008 Nissan Altima at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Gulf Avenue near the National Grid building in Richmond County's Mariners Harbor neighborhood.
A 46-year-old tractor-trailer driver from out of state was taken into custody in New York on Jan. 19 after state troopers received a report of the vehicle cutting off other vehicles and weaving. The big rig was traveling southbound on I-87 going to Albany County from Saratoga County. Troopers observed the vehicle changing lanes erratically and made the traffic stop in Colonie.
New York drivers may be charged for drunk driving with a much lower alcohol content if states follow recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned the report as part of an effort to reduce drunk driving deaths. From the 1980s through the early 2000s, drunk driving deaths declined, but in recent years, they have been on the rise. There are around 10,000 fatalities related to drunk driving each year, and experts say they could be prevented.
On Dec. 29 in New York, Peter Martins, the 71-year-old former director of the New York City Ballet, was taken into custody after a three-car accident that occurred around 8:00 p.m. He was later released. In a court appearance on Jan. 8, through his attorney, he pleaded not guilty to charges of backing unsafely, refusal to take a breath test and driving while intoxicated. Not long before, Martins had retired from his position with the ballet after accusations of harassment that he denied.
A New York teenager was charged with DWI and endangering the welfare of a child after he crashed his car in Oceanside on December 25, 2017. The 17-year-old driver had a 15-year-old passenger with him at the time of the crash.
New York State troopers in cooperation with the Suffolk County police operated a Friday night sobriety checkpoint in Patchogue. They screened 499 vehicles at the intersection of the Sunrise Highway's North Service Road and Waverly Avenue. Law enforcement officers arrested 10 people that night for either driving while intoxicated or drug impairment.
A New York teenager was taken into custody on Dec. 10 after allegedly driving drunk and crashing his vehicle. Following the crash, the teen reportedly fled the scene, leaving behind an unconscious 14-year-old girl.
In New York State, a man is facing DWI and criminal mischief charges after crashing his pickup truck into a tree, two lawnmowers and a house in the town of Schoharie on Dec. 2. According to law enforcement officials, the 54-year-old man was allegedly intoxicated when the incident occurred. News reports indicate that police were called to the scene on Barton Hill Road shortly after 11:35 p.m.
Whenever the police decide to pull someone over or, they must have a reasonable, articulable suspicion that a traffic violation or other offense has been committed or that an emergency exists. This is true in every state because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is required by the federal Constitution. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. That includes unreasonable traffic stops -- and instances where an officer keeps a driver from leaving.