Every holiday season, law enforcement agencies around the country amp up
their efforts to crack down on intoxicated drivers. The police forces
in Westchester, New York will be no exception.
Police will likely be out in force and setting up DWI checkpoints
around highly-traveled roads and highways, such as:
- Interstate 287
- Interstate 684
- Bronx River Parkway
- Hutchinson River Parkway
- Route 127
Last year, troopers used marked vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic
Enforcement (CITE) vehicles, which look like pedestrian cars. Due to the
high number of traffic citations issued throughout the 2015 holiday season,
it is expected that these incognito officers will also be on the roads
again this year.
How to Act at a DWI Checkpoint
Needless to say, the best way to avoid trouble at a DWI checkpoint or roadside
stop is to never drive drunk. If you are out for the holidays visiting
friends and family, please remember to drink and drive responsibly. It
takes roughly an hour for the average person to sober up from the average
drink; if you have two drinks with dinner, for example, wait at least
two hours before driving. When in doubt, call a taxi or ridesharing service.
The safety hazards of intoxicated driving are
not worth the risk of getting home early or trying to save cab fare.
With that safety warning said, it is still possible for people to drive
under the legal limit and find themselves in handcuffs. Police officers
looking for drunk drivers might be more inclined to “see”
them where they are not, especially during the holiday season when they
are encouraged to crackdown on potential offenders.
To lessen your worries and that of the officer during a roadside stop,
and hopefully avoid being arrested for a DWI, remember:
- Keep your hands visible and use deliberate movements.
- Get your license ready for when the officer asks for it.
- Remain courteous but only speak when necessary.
- Never give information that might be incriminating.
With the likelihood that you will be just one of many vehicles at a DWI
checkpoint at any given time, the police are really only looking for troublemakers
and those who are clearly intoxicated. By following the aforementioned
hints, you should be able to increase your chances of showing the officers
that you are not a danger on the road and should be allowed to go on your
way without incident.
In case you are arrested for driving while intoxicated, you need to start
thinking about your defense right away. Invoke your Fifth Amendment right
to stay silent and request that you get to speak to your attorney before
providing any other information. You should use your phone call to dial
914.241.0004 and get a
free over-the-phone consultation with The Law Offices of Robert Schuster.
Our Westchester criminal defense attorney is widely-recognized for his
skill and experience in DWI cases and trials.
Attorney Schuster has won numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including “Top
100 DWI Attorneys in New York State” by the NAFDD, “Top 10
DWI Lawyer in New York” by the American Institute of DWI Attorneys,
and “Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer” by American Society
of Legal Advocates (ASLA). With
hundreds of DWI cases under his belt, he has yet to lose a DWI trial.
any hour of any day to learn more about your rights and options.