By Lori A. Hoffman, Esq.
Highlighting the most severe consequence of drunk driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently revealed that in 2011, one in every three New York motor vehicle crash fatalities were alcohol-related.
A new NHTSA report shows that 33 percent of New York’s 1,169 motor vehicle crash fatalities recorded in 2011 involved a driver with a blood alcohol content of at least 0.01 percent. Twenty-seven percent of the state’s motor vehicle crash fatalities involved a driver with a BAC at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent and 18 percent involved a driver with a BAC of at least 0.15 percent. In New York, driving with a BAC of 0.18 percent or greater constitutes aggravated driving while intoxicated.
While the NHTSA report illustrates the absolute worst consequence of drunk driving, there are other repercussions that can adversely affect a driver’s life. For example, in New York, a driver convicted of a first-offense DWI could face a fine between $500 and $1,000, up to one year in jail, and a six-month license suspension. While the maximum jail time for a first-offense ADWI conviction is the same as a first-offense DWI conviction, the fine is between $1,000 and $2,500 and the license is revoked for one year. Also, anyone convicted of a DWI or ADWI is required to install an interlock ignition device (IID) in any vehicle they own or operate.
If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, contact a DWI attorney immediately who can help ensure that your rights under the law are protected.
Lori A. Hoffman is an associate at Tully Rinckey PLLC in Buffalo, N.Y. where she practices criminal defense, including traffic tickets. She can be reached a firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-LAW-4-LIFE.