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Driver faces DWI charges after driving wrong way

New York Port Authority Police say that a 26-year-old man was drunk and driving the wrong way on Goethals Bridge at about 4 a.m. on June 11. Authorities say that the man was driving his 2013 Dodge Durango eastbound in the westbound lane at the Goethals Road North off ramp in Mariners Harbor. Furthermore, authorities say that he drove onto a section of the Staten Island Expressway that was closed because of construction.

County to crack down on interlock device violations

Motorists convicted of driving while intoxicated in New York must have ignition interlock devices fitted to any vehicles they own or regularly operate under the provisions of Leandra's Law. The 2009 legislation also adds an ignition interlock restriction for driver's licenses to help police officers in the state identify individuals who should only be driving vehicles equipped with the devices. However, many drivers violate these rules by either not installing the devices or taking steps to circumvent them.

Ignition interlock devices and reducing DUIs

In New York, it is mandatory for people convicted of drunk driving charges to get an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles. As of March 2016, only 26 states made it mandatory while other states will only apply it to a second offense or at the discretion of the judge. However, a January 2016 study that appeared in the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine" found a significant decrease in alcohol-related fatalities in states that had mandatory ignition interlock device laws.

Opioid abuse and drugged driving on the rise

New York motorists may be dismayed to learn that, according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health conducted in 2014, an estimated 10 million people admitted to drugged driving. Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have shown that traffic fatalities increased between 2014 and 2016, and many of the accidents involved motorists who were impaired by drugs at the time.

New York teen taken into custody for drunk driving

Police say that a 19-year-old man was taken into custody after crashing his vehicle on Sunken Meadow Parkway in Kings Park on March 28. The crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. near Exit SM5-Route 25A. According to authorities, the man was going southbound in a 2011 Infiniti when he lost control of the vehicle and struck an exit sign, a light pole and a tree.

NFL likely to ban star player after DUI plea

The National Football League is likely to hand standout wide receiver Michael Floyd a lengthy ban following his sentencing on drunk driving charges on Feb. 16. New York football fans probably read that the New England Patriot and former Arizona Cardinal admitted to driving with a blood alcohol level of .217 percent on Dec. 12. What may not be widely known is that this level of intoxication is considered an aggravating factor under the NFL's unyielding substance-abuse policy.

The effectiveness of sobriety tests for marijuana intoxication

Driving under the influence charges in New York include any substance that impairs driving ability. Roadside sobriety tests for drunkenness can help prosecutors, because a failure can be used as evidence in a DUI case. But there is a question of whether sobriety tests work as a test for being high on marijuana. Some defense lawyers argue that they don't, and that they should not be allowed as evidence in marijuana DUI cases.

Obscure medical condition can make people seem drunk

Police in upstate New York issued DUI charges to a woman in December 2015 after a breath test revealed her blood alcohol level to be .40 percent. The legal driving limit in New York is .08 percent, so the case appeared to be a straightforward one. However, charges against the woman were dismissed when doctors discovered that she suffered from an uncommon medical condition that causes her body to actually produce ethanol. An Erie County judge subsequently determined that her intoxication was caused by her condition and not alcohol consumption.

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