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New York ambulette driver faces DWI charges

An ambulette driver in New York is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving while intoxicated on the job. The 45-year-old driver was transporting a dialysis patient to a treatment center in Nassau County when he crashed the vehicle into two utility poles. The driver struck one of the poles, left the scene and proceeded to strike another pole a mile away. Witnesses say that the van was almost pushed into oncoming traffic, which would have caused further damage.

Penalties increase with subsequent DWI/DWAI violations

New York state police recently arrested a man in Hampton Bays because he failed to keep in the right lane. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, and he was taken to the state police barracks at Riverside. His blood alcohol content was measured at .12%, and he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI.) At this point, the case was unremarkable, but further investigation revealed that the driver had a prior conviction for DWI. Thus, the new violation became a felony. The case demonstrates how a driver's past record for drunk driving can follow him or her for many years.

Drugs allegedly cause accident that kills elderly couple

Drunk driving is a familiar cause of horrific traffic accidents in New York City and its suburbs, but the connection between drug usage and car accidents is not as well-known. A recent two-car accident in Rockland County that police have blamed on the alleged abuse of prescription drugs may help people realize that being charged with driving while under the influence of drugs, even prescription drugs, can have equivalent consequences to being accused of drunk driving.

Times Square driver may have been high or mentally ill

Times Square is normally filled with pedestrians, especially during the noon hour in the summer. A driver who claims to have heard voices, and who may have been high on drugs, drove his car into Times Square crowd, killing one person injuring 22 others. The question being asked by police is not how the accident unfolded, but what motivated the driver to engage in such dangerous conduct. Was the incident the result of drunk driving or some other interference with the driver's cognitive abilities?

Drunk tow truck driver crosses centerline, injures two

Tow trucks and their drivers are supposed to help people when their cars are disabled or involved in a collision. A recent accident in a suburban county northeast of New York City stood this scenario on its head, as a tow truck driver collided with another vehicle, injuring two people. The tow truck driver has been charged with drunk driving and texting while driving.

NYC cop faces manslaughter charge in fatal accident

New York law imposes significant penalties on a person who is convicted of causing a fatal accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An off-duty New York City police office now faces such drunk driving charges in connection with a recent fatal accident in Queens.

What is New York's Leandra's Law?

On October 10, 2009, an 11-year-old New York girl named Leandra Rosado was killed in a one-car crash caused by a drunken driver. As the result of this accident, the New York Legislature passed the Child Passenger Protection Act, which is popularly known as "Leandra's Law." The law imposes additional sentences on persons who are convicted of drunk driving while a person younger than 15 years is a passenger in the vehicle.

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