Over the last month, DWI charges have been filed against three motorists driving the wrong way on local highways. Most recently, on July 1, New York State troopers arrested a Mohegan Lake resident for driving south on the northbound lanes of the Taconic Parkway in New Castle. The driver, Nabil A. Zidan, allegedly had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.17. On June 13, Kenneth Lyons of Rye was charged with aggravated DWI when he allegedly drove the wrong way on I-287 in Harrison and struck a tractor-trailer. On June 1, Kathleen Beaton of Eastchester was stopped for driving the wrong way on I-87 while going over the Tappan Zee Bridge, and charged with aggravated DWI based on a purported BAC of .20.
The legal threshold for DWI in New York is .08 or above. In November of 2007, the New York State Legislature passed a new law which created the charge of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, for which the threshold is .18 BAC or above.
If you are charged with DWI, Aggravated DWI or any drug or alcohol offense, contact the White Plains, New York Law Office of Mark A. Siesel online or at (914) 428-7386 for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options.