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New York DWI checkpoints increase during holiday campaign

With the increase in traffic during the holiday season, it is vital that drivers remain mentally and physically able to control a vehicle while driving. In an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents during the holiday season, the New York State Police are taking a stance against drunk driving.

The department is conducting DWI checkpoints, as well as DWI and underage drinking saturations, as part of the "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" campaign. The increased police presence focused on drunk driving and driving under the influence will last until New Year's Day.

It is hoped that this increase in DWI checkpoints and related police activities will serve to remind drivers that it is necessary to drive sober to avoid the possibility of facing DWI charges and dealing with the matters related to injuries or deaths caused by a drunk driving accident.

While getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired isn't a good idea under any circumstance, there are some instances in which a driver might decide they need to do just that. If you are facing DWI charges as the result of the increased police presence during this campaign or for any other reason, you are likely facing several severe consequences, such as fines, driver's licenses suspension and even jail time.

Knowing your rights and being properly represented during the legal process related to drunk driving can help to ensure you receive a fair trial or hearing. Consulting with an experienced DWI legal professional can help you to understand your rights as you go through the difficult process of dealing with DWI charges.

Source: CBS New York, "NY State Police Targeting Drunk Driving During Holidays" No author given, Dec. 24, 2013

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