Planned DWI police stops are nothing new to New York drivers. These crackdowns are commonly planned for holidays and major events, such as the Super Bowl, when drivers are more likely to be impaired or intoxicated. Now, STOP-DWI is planning multiple police crackdowns throughout the summer, and all New York drivers should be aware of what can happen during these stops.

STOP-DWI is an organization created by the New York Legislature in an attempt to curb intoxicated and impaired driving. This group works with State Police and local law enforcement to launch initiatives intended to reduce alcohol-related crashes and prevent DWI throughout the state. Through the summer of 2014, STOP-DWI is planning three separate crackdowns:

  • Memorial Day, May 22 through May 27
  • July Fourth weekend, July 3 through July 7
  • Labor day, August 15 through September 1

What is a STOP-DWI crackdown, and how can these affect New York drivers? These crackdowns are publically announced, widespread police efforts specifically targeting impaired and intoxicated drivers. Basically, these efforts create a police “net” to catch drunk drivers who might otherwise avoid a police stop and arrest.

DWI, or driving while intoxicated, is a serious criminal charge in New York. In fact, New York has the toughest DWI laws on the books today. DWI means that a driver was operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of at least 0.08%. The driver’s intoxication can be proven through chemical test results, such as breathalyzers or blood tests, or through other evidence. Police observation and in-field sobriety tests are commonly used as evidence against a driver to prove his or her intoxication. If a driver is convicted of a first time DWI, he or she will face the following penalties: up to 1 year in jail; a maximum fine of $1,000 and a surcharge of $400; a 6-month license revocation; and required installation/maintenance of ignition interlock device for 1 year. These penalties can increase with each subsequent DWI conviction.

If you are pulled over for DWI during a summer crackdown, there are certain steps you should take. First and foremost, stay calm and respectful. Getting upset or angry will only exacerbate the situation. You should also always remember that everything you say and do during the stop could be used as evidence against you. This means that your words and actions could be used as evidence of your intoxication in court. Finally, if you are arrested, call an attorney as soon as possible before agreeing to any tests and before talking to the police further.

After your arrest, be sure to call the experienced DWI lawyers at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys. Our attorneys have years of experience handling DWIs, and will aggressively defend you throughout the case. Nave DWI Defense Attorneys attorneys undergo extensive training, and can spot any police issues or faulty evidence in your case. We use that information to your benefit, and strive to have your charges lowered or dismissed altogether. For more information and a free case evaluation, contact us online today or call at 1-866-792-7800.

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