St. Patrick’s Day checkpoints in New York search for DWI drivers

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2019 | Drunk Driving

During any holiday, New York State law enforcement will actively seek drivers who exhibit signs of being under the influence. In some cases, they will be patrolling and make traffic stops. In others, there will be drunk driving “checkpoints” where officers are stationed and will stop vehicles to see if the driver is under the influence even if there were no indications that a DWI is taking place. One holiday that is known for its use of alcohol is St. Patrick’s Day. Every year, people will make the mistake of driving after drinking and be arrested. In some cases, the charges are unfair or the evidence is not sufficient to secure a conviction. No matter the circumstances, drivers must have a legal defense to avoid the worst penalties.

State and local law enforcement set up checkpoints to seek out drivers who might be under the influence during St. Patrick’s Day. It extended for the entire weekend of the celebration. In addition, more officers will be on patrol. Also on their radar are those drinking underage and those selling alcohol to those too young to legally drink. It is not just DWI that law enforcement is cracking down on with this series of actions. Distracted drivers will be cited for violations too.

Annually, St. Patrick’s Day is a fertile time for law enforcement to catch drivers who are under the influence. In 2018, law enforcement arrested 243 drivers for DWI. There were almost 13,000 tickets issued. The vigilance and crackdown is not without justification. In 2017, there were 59 fatalities in DWI crashes during St. Patrick’s Day. While suggestions such as having a designated driver, or using a rideshare service are given, not all drivers will adhere to the advice. This will result in DWI arrests.

Inevitably, drivers will be arrested on DWI charges during St. Patrick’s Day with the checkpoints and patrols. However, that does not mean all are guilty. The driver might not have surpassed the legal limit, there could have been problems with the testing procedure, or other viable reasons can be used to form a defense. With the potential consequences for a DWI conviction ranging from jail time, fines, a driver license suspension and an ignition interlock device, among other penalties, having legal advice to combat the charges is critical. A law firm with skill and experience at helping those charged with drunk driving should be contacted to craft the defense.