Independence Day DWI - 4th of July DUI - Law Office of Frank Casale, Esq.
This week marks American independence, and with parties and parades all over Long Island, it’s the biggest birthday bash of the entire year. The Fourth of July weekend means picnics and beach parties, fireworks and flags, sun tea and sparklers, and lots of road trips. Furthermore, some 34.4 million Americans are expected to travel by car this Independence Day weekend.
According to AAA Car Assistance Company “In addition to lower gas prices compared with last summer, broader economic fundamentals remain strong. Low unemployment, robust consumer spending, and rising disposable incomes are all encouraging more consumers to invest their hard-earned money in travel this summer.
“As Independence Day approaches, it’s time for the much loved family road trip and this year will be one for the record books, with more Americans than ever planning vacations,” said Paula Twidale, vice president, AAA Travel. “This holiday builds on the strong travel demand seen for Memorial Day, and with schools now out of session across the country, families coast to coast are eager to travel.”” Click Link: https://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/travel-forecast/
Some 34.4 million Americans are expected to travel by car this Independence Day weekend, and there’s probably a BBQ at the end of many of their trips. Last Fourth of July, Americans had around 74 million BBQs, grilled an estimated 155 million hot dogs, and cracked open about 68 million cases of beer. In fact, more beer is sold on Uncle Sam’s birthday than on any other holiday (including St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve).
Unfortunately, all those comings and goings, combined with well-stocked coolers, means more drunk drivers on the road. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tells us the Fourth of July is the worst day of the year for fatal car crashes. And, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 40 percent of all highway deaths over the Fourth of July weekend.
The New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions over the Fourth of July holiday. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
This special enforcement detail will begin on June 30, 2019, and run through July 5, 2019.
New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said state troopers will be highly visible on the roadways during the holiday, targeting drivers who needlessly put others in danger.Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.
PAST DWI/DUI CHECK POINTS ON LONG ISLAND –https://www.duiblock.com/dui_checkpoint_locations/new_york/
NASSAU COUNTY DWI/DUI – DRIVER CHECKPOINTS: in the past
|Roslyn||Northern State Pkwy and Shelter Rock Rd – Exit 27||Sat Jun 9, 2018|
|Merrick||Merrick Ave and Meadowbrook Rd||Fri Jul 7, 2017|
|East Meadow||Merrick Ave and Rt-24||Fri Jun 2, 2017|
|Elmont||Hempstead Turnpike and Elmont Rd||Fri Jun 3, 2016|
|Uniondale||Area – Nassau Coliseum||Thu Dec 31, 2016|
|Levittown||Hempstead Turnpike and Gardiner’s Ave||Fri Jul 3, 2015|
|Baldwin||Sunrise Hwy and Grand Ave||Sat May 17, 2014|
|Uniondale||Area Of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum||Sat May 17, 2014|
|New Hyde Park||Jericho Turnpike||Fri May 16, 2014|
|Old Westbury||Old Westbury City Limits||Thur Sept 9, 2010|
SUFFOLK COUNTY DWI/DUI – DRIVER CHECKPOINTS: in the past
|Bay Shore||Spur Dr S and 5th Ave Area – Southern State Pkwy Exit 42s||Sat Jun 22, 2019|
|Bay Shore||Southern State Pkwy and 5th Ave – Exit 42 Area||Sat Apr 20, 2019|
|Southampton||Sunrise Hwy – Rest Stop Canal Area||Sat Apr 20, 2019|
|Oakdale||Undisclosed – City Limits||Sat Oct 28, 2017|
|Stony Brook||Rt-25a||Fri Sep 29, 2017|
|Calverton||Undisclosed – Suffolk County||Sat Jul 1, 2017|
|Port Jefferson||Undisclosed Location||Fri Jun 30, 2017|
|Bay Shore||Southern State Pkwy and 5th Ave||Thu Jan 12, 2017|
|Bay Shore||5th Ave and Spur Dr South||Sun Feb 7, 2016|
|Wading River||Ny-25 By King Kullen||Sat Sep 19, 2015|
|Huntington Station||Undisclosed Location – City Limits||11pm To 3am – Sat Aug 22, 2015|
|Port Jefferson||Main St and Hallock Ave||Fri Jul 3, 2015|
|Brentwood||Southern State Parkway||Sat Apr 18, 2015|
|Bay Shore||Bay Shore Road and Southern State Parkway||Sat Feb 7, 2015|
|Babylon||Undisclosed Location||Wed Dec 31, 2015|
|Port Jefferson||Rte 112||Tue Dec 30, 2014|
|Port Jefferson||Rt-112 By 7-Eleven||Sun Aug 31, 2014|
|Central Islip||Suffolk Ave and Rt-111||Wed July 30, 2014|
|Huntington||New York Ave||Wed July 2, 2014|
|Central Islip||Rte 111 and W Suffolk Ave||Mon Jun 23, 2014|
Obviously, driving drunk can have a terrible price. But even if you’re fortunate enough to avoid an accident, you could end up paying a lot. For starters, a good example is if you pay $150 a month now, your premium could increase to $450 a month. Spread that extra $300 a month over the next 5 years and you will have paid $18,000(!) extra for the same coverage.
Once you have a DUI on your record, your car insurance company considers you a high-risk driver and will charge you a higher rate to offset the added risk. Additionally, you might not qualify for any car insurance discounts you may have been receiving prior to your DUI (such as good driver or claim-free), causing your rates to increase even further.
Of course, the numbers vary by state and circumstance, but after you add in fines, court costs, and DMV fees, the average DUI costs between $5,000 and $25,000. Compound all that needless expense with the inherent dangers of drinking and driving — along with the fact that you could lose your life, take someone else’s, or wind up spending time in jail — and the reasons for staying smart and safe this weekend become more than evident.
The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:
So consider this a friendly reminder to avoid drunk (or even tipsy) driving this holiday weekend. Whatever you have planned, from a picnic in the park to fireworks on the beach, have a great Fourth and stay safe!