The Fourth of July holiday weekend has come and gone, and so have the sobriety checkpoints that came along with it. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign ran from July 3 to July 5 with one sole purpose — keep impaired drivers off the road. It has not yet been reported how many DWI charges were handed out during that time.
Sobriety checkpoints being placed all over the state is the norm for all major holidays anymore. It is just one of the things government officials feel they can do to keep New Yorkers safe from their fellow citizens who may get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Without fail, numerous people end up facing DWI charges as a result of the use of these checkpoints.
To justify the need for the drive sober events, the statistics from the 2019 campaign completed around the Fourth of July holiday were once again shared with the public. In total, 249 were arrested for DWI, nearly 200 accidents were investigated and well over 13,000 traffic tickets were issued. What wasn’t shared was the number of people whose DWI charges were ultimately dismissed or reduced due to a lack of evidence, inaccurate sobriety test results or a variety of other reasons — which was likely quite a few.
Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols do serve a valuable purpose and likely save lives, but they also tend to contribute to unnecessary or unwarranted arrests. The consequences of just being charged with DWI can be significant. Being convicted on such a charge can completely upend one’s life. Anyone who was charged with DWI in New York over this year’s Fourth of July weekend can turn to an experienced criminal defense attorney for assistance addressing the matter in court. Legal counsel will have the ability to review the details of one’s case, question any evidence and help one take the steps necessary to seek the best outcome possible.