New York State Police Target Drunk Drivers
The New York State Police is joining other law enforcement agencies throughout the country to crack down on impaired drivers. The stepped up patrol, which runs through Labor Day, is in support of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety initiative. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors the initiative to reduce injuries and deaths from impaired driving.
According to the New York State Police, the agency will be conducting a variety of enhanced enforcement activities, including checkpoints and blanket patrols, to cut down “on one of the most serious highway and public health concerns, alcohol and drug impaired driving.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports in its 2010 State Motor Vehicle Fatalities statistics that there were 10,228 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities nationwide in 2010. New York saw 364 alcohol-related highway deaths in 2010. Of those that died, according to the NYSPD, 163 were not the drunk driver.
“Those were 163 death notifications that didn’t need to be made,” said Major William S. Sprague, New York State Police Troop G Commander. “Those are 163 families grieving for innocent victims. This is simply intolerable.”
New York drunk driving penalties are stiff. First-time DWI offenders can be fined up to $1,000, receive a minimum six month license suspension and be required to attend an alcohol treatment program. In addition, offenders may receive a jail sentence of up to one year. If a person is charged with another DWI offense within 10 years of the first one, he/she could be looking at seven years in jail.
Our Binghamton car accident attorneys applaud the efforts of our state’s law enforcement agencies in keeping our roadways safe. We urge all NY drivers to continue to be alert of the dangers of drunk driving and to stay sober when behind the wheel.
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