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Drunk Driving

4 reasons to refuse a field sobriety test

A police officer must have a good reason to pull you over. Perhaps you made an illegal turn, you drove through a stop sign or your car’s headlight is out. In any of these cases, the officer will likely check your driver’s license and registration, give you a citation or a warning, and let you go on your way.  On the other hand, if the police officer asks if you have been drinking, you have every reason to be concerned. Police do not usually ask this question unless they already suspect that you are impaired, and they may be looking for probable cause to arrest you. That probable cause often...

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How soon can you drive after drinking?

With many holidays approaching, expect more parties and more alcoholic beverages, including festive drinks such as hard cider and spiked eggnog. Many people engage in these traditional parts of celebrating. What you cannot do following holiday fun is get behind the wheel after downing alcohol. Of course, it is inconvenient when you have places to go, so how long do you have to wait until it is safe to drive? Rate of metabolism A beginning reference point is a metabolism rate of one drink per hour, says the New York DMV. Therefore, the more drinks you have, the longer it takes for the alcohol...

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3 mistakes to avoid when facing a DWI

If you ever find yourself under arrest for a DWI in the Brooklyn area, you might want to be cautious about the steps you take immediately afterward. Regardless of the evidence law enforcement may have against you, your actions play a role in the outcome of your case. Navigating the criminal justice system when facing a DWI is not easy, but it is not impossible. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when dealing with a drunk driving charge. 1. Thinking law enforcement on your side Law enforcement uses a variety of tactics to gather evidence to substantiate the arrests and charges. One strategy is...

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How to avoid becoming a road rage statistic

Many people are impatient on the roads today. Whether it is due to stress, traffic congestion, an inconsiderate driver or some other trigger, there are some drivers who react aggressively to others. Aggressive behavior behind the wheel can turn deadly for New York residents. Here, we provide information on how you can reduce your chances of becoming a road rage victim. Road rage is a step up from aggressive driving, according to the American Safety Council. Whereas aggressive driving can cause accidents, road rage is a deliberate action to cause harm and is considered a criminal offense....

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Teen driver inexperience is a big factor in car fatalities

Nothing may be more heartbreaking than the fatality of a young New Yorker, barely touching on adulthood. As reported by the New York Post, a recent deadly car accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway illustrates just how dangerous a combination youthfulness and operating a motor vehicle can be. In this tragic instance, a three-car collision took the young life of one of the drivers, leaving the two older drivers unhurt. A 17-year-old passenger in the 18-year-old driver's vehicle reportedly suffered very serious injury. The accident occurred at 4:20 a.m. The teen's vehicle failed to stop before...

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