When you were first learning to drive, your mother or father might have repeated this phrase that many other New York parents say to their children: "Driving is a privilege not a right." If you're now a parent yourself, you might have already experienced those moments where you are speaking to your child, but it sounds like your own mother's or father's voice is coming out of your mouth.
The holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends. By nature this means social events at people's homes or at restaurants and bars. Add to that annual end of the year work parties and it can get pretty busy, particularly if there are a spouse and kids who have their own parties as well. There are only so many weekends between Thanksgiving and New Years, which often means double or even triple booking your days and nights. The roads are also crowded with people in the same predicament.
Leandra's Law came into existence because of a terrible tragedy. Leandra Rosado was 11 years old when she died in a car crash while in a vehicle with a driver who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time. Henry Hudson Parkway is where the accident occurred. Leandra's Law was implemented at the close of 2009 in New York State and sets forth some of the most stringent DWI provisions in the nation. Here is a summary of what to expect if you or someone you know becomes convicted under this law.
Being charged with a second DWI offense within 10 years of your first offense can result in a class E felony. If this happens to you, you could be ordered to pay fines, serve community service and may even be imprisoned. You will also be expected to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car.
It is surprisingly easy to find yourself in a situation where you have unintentionally driven while legally drunk. Alcohol metabolizes at different rates depending on a variety of circumstances. As a result, you could feel completely sober and still have a blood alcohol level that is above the legal limit. This challenging reality can make the possibility of encountering a DWI checkpoint inherently stressful.
Before you get behind the wheel to drive a vehicle after consuming alcohol remember the following!! This does not include the cost of an attorney to represent you.
The police are on the lookout for a reason to pull you over. Just about any type of suspicious on-road behavior will prompt a stop. Let's take a look at some of the most common ways to get pulled over by the cops.
After a night of drinking alcohol, most people walk home or get rides home from friends, taxis or ride-sharing companies. The next morning, most people, even if they still feel some effects of the night before, believe that they are ready to drive.
Is lifetime driver's license revocation possible in New York? It certainly is, much to the dismay of many New Yorkers who have found their driving privileges permanently revoked after a DWI or serious driving offense conviction.
1. Don't drink and drive. If you are attending a function where alcohol will be served, plan ahead (designated driver, taxi, etc.).