Residents in New York State may often hear reports about how strict the state’s laws on drunk driving are. Most people are generally pleased to hear these reports as they provide a feeling of safety and security. Other people may wonder whether or not the laws are actually strict enough, knowing that there are many drivers out there who not only make the selfish and dangerous choice to drive drunk once but do so repeatedly.
A story recently reported by the New York Post highlights the reality of this concern, showcasing how one woman was arrested two times within a period of roughly six hours for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The first arrest took place in the middle of the afternoon on a weekend day. The woman had driven her vehicle into a parked vehicle. As part of the post-accident investigation, law enforcement authorities requested the driver participate in field sobriety tests. After failing these tests, the woman then took a chemical test which showed her blood alcohol content level to be at 0.23%. The legal limit for intoxication is 0.08%.
Officers arrested the woman, charging her with DUI and apparently released her from custody. That evening, she was stopped by police as she was driving to a liquor store. A new breath test found her BAC at that time to be 0.09%. It is not clear what prompted the second stop. It is also not known if she was kept in custody following the second arrest in such a short period of time.