New York State Police plan DWI enforcement for Labor Day

Summer is winding down, and many families are planning one last trip before the weather changes. Many will use the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend as an opportunity for a family get-together, and some of these gatherings will involve the consumption of alcohol. New York State Police have warned motorists that they are going to be launching a special campaign to look for drivers who may be intoxicated and will not hesitate to charge someone with a DWI when circumstances warrant.

The program is known as the “Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign”. With it will come an increase in DWI checkpoints and an increase in the amount of patrolling police officers, including unmarked police cars. The program will last from Aug. 15 through Sept. 1.

The authorities noted that the holiday weekend coincides with a rise in traffic and subsequent car crashes, many of which are due to intoxicated drivers. They say there were almost 200 arrests last year on DWI charges. They will also be watching for other violations, such as compliance with the “Move Over Law” and seatbelt use.

Those who find themselves charged with a DWI at any time of the year deserve to know their available options and rights. Anyone accused of this crime is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a New York court of law. Each accused individual has the right to defend him- or herself against the charges. Prosecutors will take cases of this nature very seriously, so it is important that the defendant is thoroughly prepared.

Source: rochesterhomepage.net, "State Police Announce DWI Crackdown", , Aug. 15, 2014

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