There is a strange story in the Buffalo News about a DWI offense where an officer responding to the incident was very seriously injured while en-route. The Niagara County DA is quoted after extensive legal research, he is unable to charge the defendant with additional offenses related to this accident. Continue reading “DWI Charge Indirectly Causes Injury To Police Officer”
Eleven year old Leandra Rosado was on her way to a slumber party, riding in a vehicle with 7 little girls and one mother. The mother later found to have been driving intoxicated, lost control of the speeding vehicle, flipping it and killing Leandra. It was her, this eleven year old victim, which the relatively new “Leandra’s Law” was named, a law the New York Daily News reports is proving effective. Continue reading “In NY, Leandra’s Law Is “Working””
A New York State Assemblyman is advocating for breath test devices to be standard equiptment in all vehicles, in an effort to prevent drunk driving (DWI). Continue reading “NY Lawmaker Wants Breathalyzers in All Cars”
New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested on a DWI charge Tuesday morning in Manhattan. Continue reading “Jets Braylon Edwards Arrested for DWI”
New DWI laws and penalties set to go into effect on 8/15 are causing some concerns for local counties about the costs of implementing the new restrictions. Under the law, NY Counties such as Genesee County take on new administrative and monitoring responsibilities for DWI offenders with new ignition interlock devices installed in their cars, and the source of the funding is not clear. Continue reading “NY DWI Law Controversy About Cost of Monitoring”
New stricter penalties for NY DWI convictions unanimously passed the New York Assembly and the Senate, and the new law was signed by Governor Patterson. “Leandra’s Law” includes a number of DWI penalty enhancements, including felony charges for drunk driving with a child under 16 in the car, and mandatory ignition interlock device installation for all DWI convictions. Continue reading “New NY DWI Laws Among Toughest in the Nation”
Another tragic DWI case on Long Island adds to calls for a mandatory ignition interlock device law in New York.
A Buffalo News Opinion piece accused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of suppressing and ignoring data about the dangers of not just hand-held mobile phones while driving, but hands-free devices as well.
Horrific tragedies are a common catalyst for change in our laws and procedures, particularly in drunk driving cases. While sometimes and emotional response can result in an over-reaction that is out of proportion with the facts, there are other situation where a truly heartbreaking situation demonstrates a loophole that needs to be addressed. Continue reading “New York Drunk Driving Laws May Change as Result of Tragic Accident”
There has been a lot of discussion and commentary about “texting while driving” and the dangerous involved in this activity. The Syracuse Post Standard notes a Virginia Tech Transportation Instutite Study that texting while driving is even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated (DWI). Continue reading “Texting While Driving More Dangerous Than DWI”