With Memorial Day weekend and other summer holidays quickly approaching, awareness of drinking of driving is necessary. STOP DWI New York is an organization geared to promoting DWI prevention, reduce the number of persons killed or injured in drinking and drug related accidents, and working closely with law enforcement to do so. STOP DWI’s efforts are funded “from fines paid by convicted drunken drivers” and no tax dollars.

New York’s STOP DWI is recognized throughout the United States as a “leader in traffic safety.” The program is self-sustaining and continues to “empower counties” throughout New York to reduce drunk driving. This past weekend, STOP DWI is working with New York’s local law enforcement to “crackdown” on drunken drivers. There will be an increase in sobriety checkpoints as well as saturation patrols. STOP DWI’s main mission for this weekend’s efforts is to remind drivers to be safe and not drink and drive.

According to Long Island Press, Nassau and Suffolk County are warning their citizens that there will be increased patrols to crack down on drunk drivers as well as drunken boaters. Officers will be performing checkpoints on and off the roads. The increase in police presence is due to last year’s high amount of DWI arrests. On Memorial Day alone in New York last year “nearly 200 people were arrested for DWI.”

The Law and Consequences for Boozing and boating

A Boating While intoxicated charge in New York is evidenced by anyone operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content (“BAC”) of 0.08 or higher, or other evidence of intoxication. The possible consequences are a misdemeanor conviction, up to a year in jail, fines up to $1000.00, and your privilege to operate a boat revoked for a whole year.
A Boating While Ability Impaired (“BWAI”) by alcohol evidenced by a BAC of 0.06%-0.07%. Penalties ranging from a fine up to $500, six month suspension of boating privileges, and even up to 15 days in jail. A BWAI by the use of drugs can be shown by any evidence of impairment by any drug other than alcohol. Possible punishment is a misdemeanor conviction, up to a year in jail, fines up to $1000, and privilege to use boat revoked for up to one year.

If you find yourself in a situation this weekend such as getting a DWI, a BWI, or a BWAI our team of attorneys can help you. Our attorneys are well versed in the collateral effects that a BWI can have on your life, including your ability to operate other motor vehicles. Additionally our attorneys have a vast amount of experience in dealing with charges where your BAC is in the 0.06%-0.07% range. If you have received a DWI in Syracuse, and are in need of an experienced attorney look no further, our attorney’s service the entire state of New York.

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