As you make your way down the road, do you ever take note of other drivers who are not paying attention to the task at hand?
Anybody charged with driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs has a lot to lose. For example, a conviction could lead to a loss of license, fine and imprisonment.
Maybe you took the family out for pizza and a few drinks, maybe there was a family reunion or a birthday party, whatever the cause a day celebrating with family could take a nasty turn if you get pulled over and accused of drunk driving.
The recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in New York, but police officers in the state still encounter drivers who appear to be under the influence of the drug on a regular basis, whether for allowed medical use or otherwise. There is currently no reliable way to determine whether or not a motorist is operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, and this is a source of serious concern for law enforcement agencies across the country.
When a New York woman registered a blood alcohol level of .40 on a breath test after being pulled over for suspected DUI in 2015, police immediately rushed her to a hospital. But she had not had a drink in hours, and she had no symptoms despite having a life-threatening level of alcohol in her system. It turned out that the woman suffers from a rare medical condition called auto-brewery syndrome, which causes carbohydrates to turn into alcohol in the body. DUI charges that had been filed against the woman were dropped, and she underwent treatment for her condition.
Data shows that fewer people in New York and elsewhere are driving while they are under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, the rates of people who drive under the influence of drugs have fallen since 2008 and have remained stable for several years.
On Dec. 18, it was reported that a 51-year-old New York man was taken into police custody after he was suspected of driving driving under the influence. According to the report, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle after he made a left turn without signaling.
New Yorkers who are football fans might have heard that Michael Floyd, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, was charged with a DUI a few hours after his team lost its game to the Miami Dolphins. The incident occurred on Dec. 12 around 2:48 a.m. in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In New York and many other states, a DUI is typically a misdemeanor charge. However, there are circumstances that could upgrade the charge to a felony. For instance, those with a blood alcohol content of higher than .16 percent may be considered to have an elevated BAC, which may result in harsher punishment. A driver may also face a felony DUI charge if he or she causes bodily harm.
A New York woman was handed several criminal charges after she was involved in a one-car accident in Canandaigua on Nov. 15. Police say that the 22-year-old woman crashed her car in a parking lot on Lakeshore Drive at about 11:10 p.m. After police were called to the scene of the accident, they found the woman inside of her vehicle and allegedly determined that she was under the influence of alcohol.