Facts You Should Know

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person more sober; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.

  3. Every 53 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured from a drunk driving incident.
  6. In 2011, 9,878 people were victims of drunk drivers.
  7. Between 50 to 75% of the people who have had their licenses revoked due to driving under the influence drive illegally without their license.
  8. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  9. Thanks to law enforcement around driving under the influence, since 1980 the fatality rate of drunk driving has been cut by 50%.
  10. 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2010. Of those 211 children, 62% were riding in the car with the impaired driver.
  11. Kids and teens who get involved with alcohol at a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

What are the types of alcohol and drug-related violations in New York State?

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI):  .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) or higher or other evidence of intoxication. For drivers of commercial motor vehicles:  .04 BAC or other evidence of intoxication

Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Aggravated DWI):  .18 BAC or higher

Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI/Alcohol):  more than .05 BAC but less than .07 BAC, or other evidence of impairment

Driving While Ability Impaired by a Single Drug other than Alcohol (DWAI/Drug):

Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combined Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DWAI/Combination):

Chemical Test Refusal:  A driver who refuses to take a chemical test (normally a test of breath, blood or urine)

Zero Tolerance Law: A driver who is less than 21 years of age and who drives with a .02 BAC to .07 BAC violates the Zero Tolerance Law