Three Strikes in Syracuse and DWI Witness Tips

Binghamton Resident crashes multiple times – charged with DWI

In a recent story by Syracuse.com, police reported that Margery Zalusky (52, of Binghamton, New York) crashed her vehicle three times in an approximate two-mile radius. The incidents took place in Syracuse, New York. Ms. Zalusky first struck a parked car, next she hit two cars in a parking lot – she drove away from the scene in both of these instances – and finally, she crashed into an excavator bucket at a construction site. Her car was immobile after the third accident.

She was arrested for drinking while intoxicated (DWI), leaving the scene of an accident and also with unlicensed operator. Police located beer cans inside her car. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of a bloody nose and stomach pain. No other injuries were reported. Ms. Zalusky was later released and will appear in court at a later date.

What to do if you see an alleged drunk driver

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured during the aforementioned accident ‘spree’ in Syracuse. With so many drivers on U.S. roads – the chances of another driver bearing witness to a potential DWI driver’s erratic behavior is a definite possibility.

MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) compiled a list of possible cues that indicate a person is driving under the influence:

1. Driving fast, then slow – or vice-versa
2. Tailgating
3. Any weaving across lanes
4. Driving where one should not be driving – for instance, on the sidewalk
5. Near misses
6. Stopping for no apparent reason
7. Drifting in and out of traffic
8. Unnecessary signaling
9. Poor response time to traffic lights
10. Driving in two lanes
11. No headlights at night
12. Swerving
13. Driving very slow
14. Quick turns
15. Driving the wrong way

So, if you suspect someone is drunk driving – what should you do? MADD lists four important tips on their website informing drivers what to do in the event you see and suspect a driver under the influence:

1. Keep your distance from the other driver.
2. Do not attempt to pass or overtake the other driver’s vehicle and do not gesture for the driver to slow down or pull over.
3. If safely possible, note the vehicle’s make, model and color and license plate information.
4. Pull over and dial 911 to report what you witnessed. Be sure to give the dispatcher any details you have – including the location of the vehicle and the direction in which the driver was headed.

If reporting a drunk driver, it is imperative to do so in a safe and responsible manner. Never put yourself or others in harm’s way just to gain information (e.g., noting the license plate number, etc.) about the other driver.

DWIs are serious offenses that require a dedicated and experienced legal defense team. If you have any questions relating to a DWI charge anywhere in New York – the DWI legal defense team at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys can assist you.

The exclusive purpose of this article is educational and it is not intended as either legal advice or a general solution to any specific legal problem. Corporate offices for Nave DWI Defense Attorneys are located at 269 W. Jefferson St.; Syracuse, New York 13202; Telephone No.: (315) 473-0899. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Attorney Advertising.

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