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New York Concertgoers Charged With DWI After Heavy Metal Concert

Published August 9, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Five concertgoers at an East Rochester heavy metal event last month were arrested on driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges after vehicle accidents and other traffic violations resulted in them being pulled over by the local police.

Drinking and driving can lead to serious injuries and death. Binghamton residents attending outdoor concert events or festivals where alcohol is involved should make other arrangements for getting home after the events. The dangers are too great and the chance of lives being ruined is high.

Those arrested had attended the Darien Lake Performance Arts Center heavy metal show to see the bands Disturbed, Godsmack, and Machine Head.

Three of the 5 arrested had a blood alcohol content (BAC) that was more than the legal limit of .08 percent, and all of the arrested were charged with DWI.

One of the drivers arrested had not yet left the parking lot before he hit two parked cars at the venue. Besides being charged with DWI, he was also cited for being an unlicensed driver. Another of those charged hit two stopped cars on Route 77 and was also cited for unlawful possession of marijuana.

One driver failed to signal properly and was charged with not stopping for a police officer. Another arrested concert attendee ran into a ditch in Darien, NY. These concertgoers endangered the safety of themselves and innocent people on the roads.

According to a University of Oklahoma study and BAC calculator, even one drink can impact driving skills, abilities, and judgment. In events such as this concert that had likely gone on for hours, drinkers should be aware of what amounts of alcohol can elevate their blood alcohol content, before they get to the point of impaired and dangerous driving.

For a woman who is 137 pounds, in a two-hour period she will reach .08 BAC after 3.5 drinks. After just 2 drinks in 2-hours, she will be over .02 and her driving would already be impaired enough to make her a danger on the road.

A male weighing 170 pounds will have a .02 BAC after 3 drinks over two hours impairing his drinking to unsafe. Five drinks over the same time period will push his BAC over .08 percent, impairing his driving to dangerous levels.

Events such as these in the NY area are common, particularly during the summertime vacation months. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, in Binghamton encourages friends and families of concertgoers to watch out for each other and have a designated driver available to make sure everyone makes it home safely.

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