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Drunk Driving Archives

States that are the least and most strict with DUI charges

New York motorists might be surprised to learn that their state is moderately lenient when it comes to driving under the influence. In a recent study, WalletHub examined the laws and penalties for driving while impaired in each state and found that they vary greatly between states.

The court process after a DUI in New York

After an individual has been taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, he or she will be booked, possibly bailed out of jail and then arraigned. The arraignment is the first court appearance after being taken into custody. It usually takes place within hours or days after an individual is formally charged. In some cases, it will be the only court appearance as the driver often will plead guilty.

Pulitzer Prize winner charged with drunk driving

New York residents may know the playwright and actor Sam Shepard for his performances in films including 'Steel Magnolias" and 'Black Hawk Down," and they may be surprised to learn that the 71-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner was taken into custody by police in New Mexico on May 25 under suspicion of driving while under the influence.

New York's Nassau TASC program

Nassau County residents who are convicted of drunk driving and whose sentences are expected to involve incarceration may have a sentencing alternative available to them called the Nassau TASC program. This is an alternative to incarceration for those who are sentenced to more than 30 days in jail and whose offenses relate to drug or alcohol.

New York Senate passes Alix's law for 4th consecutive year

The New York State Senate has once again passed Alix's Law. The upper chamber voted unanimously in favor of the law, which makes leaving the scene of any accident illegal for drunk drivers, but approval by the Assembly is far from certain. This marks the fourth time that the bill has been passed by the Senate, but the measure has yet to reach the governor's desk.

New York teen charged with DWI after traffic stop

Police in upstate New York have reported that a 17-year-old boy was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving after a traffic stop in Niagara County on March 7. The Pendleton resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for a number of traffic violations, including speeding and making unsafe lane changes.

Woman charged with DWI in New York

After driving the wrong way on an exit ramp, a 37-year-old woman crashed into another vehicle. Her own car caught fire and both drivers were taken to a local hospital in New York as a precaution. Fortunately, neither driver was injured. Once at the hospital, the wrong-way driver was reportedly uncooperative with authorities. A blood test was taken to determine if she was intoxicated.

Woman charged with aggravated DWI and leaving the scene

According to New York State troopers from the Village of Lake Success, a 45-year-old woman was detained after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident. The incident occurred on Feb. 24 on the Northern State Parkway close to Meadowbrook Parkway.

Stoned driving vs. drunk driving in New York

According to a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of drivers found with marijuana in their system increased from 2007. The survey, which was conducted in 2013 and 2014, found that 12.6 percent of drivers tested positive for marijuana compared to 8.6 percent in 2007. In the same time period, the number of drivers who had alcohol in their system decreased since 2007.