New York to Require Field Sobriety Test After Serious Crashes

When new laws are signed in New York State, citizens have a responsibility to make sure they are aware of the law and of the penalties associated with any violations of the law. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will require intoxication testing any time a serious motor vehicle collision occurs in New York State. The goal is to try and hold drunk drivers accountable when they cause serious accidents. A serious accident is defined by a motor vehicle collision that results in the death or injury of one or more parties involved. Now, law enforcement that arrives at the scene will conduct mandatory breath, blood, or urine testing in an effort to determine whether the driver who caused the collision was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. If so, they may face charges. In addition, the individual who caused the serious accident will have his or her driver’s license suspended immediately if they refuse to submit to field sobriety or chemical BAC tests.

This law will go into effect towards the end of January 2018, 30 days from the date it was signed.

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