Until Labor Day, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam County police are stepping up their efforts to make New York drunk driving arrests as part of the national “Drunk Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest” campaign. There will be extra checkpoints set up throughout the region, and there will be an increased emphasis on drunk driving arrests during the morning and afternoon hours, rather than late at night when motorists are expecting the checkpoints.
In 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 13,000 traffic fatalities, and approximately 40% of those deaths were attributed to accidents with a drunk driver. Closer to home, there were 3,100 Westchester County DWI arrests last year, and approximately 1,100 Rockland County DWI arrests in 2008.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) has indicated that driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs increases in the late summer, which is the reason for the enhanced efforts to arrest drunk drivers with more checkpoints throughout the day, rather than only at night.
Contact the Westchester County drunk driving lawyers at the Law Office Of Mark A. Siesel online or toll free at (914) 428-7386 if you or a loved one is arrested for a DWI or any criminal offense for a free consultation with an experienced advocate to discuss your legal rights and options.