Brooklyn Ranks Second For DUI Crashes In The State
New York provides for two different charges when it comes to driving while intoxicated. The first is just a traffic offense called driving while ability impaired (DWAI). It is charged when a person has a blood-alcohol level of between 0.05% and 0.07%. It is not a criminal offense. However, for those with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08% and 0.17%, a misdemeanor DWI charge may be made. As with many states, repeat offenses increase the penalties. For a first time DWI that does not involve an accident, it is a misdemeanor charge. It has penalties that include a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months in jail.
The Brooklyn, New York Patch reports that Brooklyn has the second-highest number of DUI crashes in the state.
A study conducted by TrafficTickets.com revealed that Kings County saw 405 impaired driving crashes where injuries occurred in 2018. This is the second-highest rate of any county in New York State.
Kings County was only surpassed by Suffolk County, which is frequented by tourists visiting Montauk, the Hamptons, and Robert Moses Beach. Suffolk County had 470 drug or alcohol-related crashes last year.
Coming in third place was Queens with 335 crashes in 2018.
While these numbers are concerning, it is actually an improvement from previous years statewide.
Across the state, impaired driving crashes dropped from 4,861 in 2017 to 4,647 in 2018. Additionally, the number of drunk driving citations was the lowest its been in 10 years.