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March 14, 2013

State-wide DWI crackdown starting

PLATTSBURGH — Police caution drivers against driving drunk or impaired this St. Patrick's Day weekend — and in general.

A statewide holiday crackdown starts Friday and will continue through Monday, according to a release from STOP-DWI New York.

State and local law-enforcement agencies will be out in full force, employing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

Not only will drunk drivers be targeted, but also drivers impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription.

New Yorkers are reminded of the penalties associated with a DWI conviction. A convicted driver must install and maintain an ignition interlock device  for a minimum of six months on any vehicle owned or operated by the driver.

First-time convicted drunk or drug-impaired offenders with a child younger than 16 years old in the vehicle may be charged with a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

The maximum legal blood-alcohol content for drivers in New York is 0.08 percent.

 

 

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