Charges of driving while impaired against a New York school bus driver have been dropped after blood tests revealed only a small amount of prescription drugs in her system. The 46-year-old was charged with DWI on April 29 after concerned students called 911.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office and local municipal police forces regularly participate in impaired driving crackdowns over holiday weekends. This past Labor Day period was no exception. The New York State STOP-DWI Association promotes enforcement actions like this to reduce accidents caused by drunk drivers.
A New York real estate developer has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges related to a car accident in September 2015 that resulted in the death of one person. The driver had a blood alcohol level of .18 percent several hours after the accident. He allegedly left the scene of the accident and left his passenger on the side of the road near the place where the crash occurred.
Many New Yorkers who have been convicted of drunk driving and ordered to use interlock ignition devices may not be using those devices. They are getting around it by borrowing the cars of others even though their licenses say they must use the device.
A 31-year-old man was stopped by police on July 25 in Auburn, New York, after authorities say they saw his car being driven erratically. The man was stopped on North Street and was asked to perform field sobriety tests. He refused to take a breath test after being sent to a state police station.
A 40-year-old man is said to have accelerated to speeds as high as 80 mph to evade police and avoid a drunk driving citation during the early morning hours of July 15. The incident took place in Suffolk County at approximately 2:32 a.m. according to the East Hampton Town Police Department. The man has been charged with a third-degree misdemeanor count of fleeing a police officer and driving while intoxicated. Media reports indicate that he was subsequently released on his own recognizance.
Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that drivers under the influence of marijuana are becoming increasingly common on the roads of New York and other U.S. states. The road safety agency's latest National Roadside Study suggests that the number of motorists under the influence of THC, which is the chemical component of marijuana that gives the drug its intoxicating effects, has risen by 50 percent within the space of just seven years.
A 21-year-old driver is facing misdemeanor DWI charges following an accident on July 4. According to New York State Police, the man and his 23-year-old female passenger both suffered injuries in the incident. The man was taken into police custody following the crash. Officials stated that additional charges are likely to be filed.
New York pro basketball fans are most likely familiar with former Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. Also a former NBA player, Fisher was taken into custody in June 2016 on the suspicion of driving under the influence after he was in a one-car accident in Los Angeles. County court records have now revealed that Fisher has been handed formal DUI charges for that incident.
Drivers throughout New York should be on the lookout for increased DWI enforcement over the July 4 weekend. The Clinton County STOP DWI enforcement program is just one part of a statewide effort to keep drunk or impaired driving to a minimum during the holiday. During the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period, there were 92 people killed in accidents involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher.