Should I Refuse to Take Tests if I am Stopped for DWI?

Let’s say you had a glass of wine or a beer at dinner, are driving home from the restaurant and are pulled over by a police officer. The officer suspects you’ve consumed alcohol and asks you to exit the car, walk a straight line, stand on one leg, or blow into a hand-held breathalyzer. Should […]

First Offense DWI in New York? What You Need to Know

If you are charged with an alcohol-related offense—whether in a car, motorcycle, ATV, or other motor vehicle—the impact can be serious and far reaching. Consequences include fines, license restrictions, and possible jail time. It is important to understand the charges against you and know your rights. Photo by: KOMUnews Your first step should be to […]

Boating and Alcohol/Drugs Don’t Mix

The issues surrounding boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs have been highlighted recently with a local case that has garnered much attention. And as we head toward the summer season, with many people taking their boats out on the rivers and lakes in our area, the topic of boating safety becomes very important. […]

How Many Margaritas are Too Many? Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Responsibly

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, more formally known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, which celebrates a Mexican victory in 1862 over the French. Of course, nobody is thinking about Napoleon and military strategy on this day: Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with partying and enjoying Mexican food and drinks. But […]

Move Over Law Expanded to Cover Garbage and Recycling Trucks

Risk of Serious Injuries Warrants a Law to Protect Certain Workers Although many have been concerned over the dangers faced by police officers or emergency workers on the side of the road, garbage and recycling collectors have long been overlooked.  Although we may not view their job as dangerous, every year it is ranked within […]

Fireworks are legal in New York? Not so fast.

This Fourth of July, many people are looking forward to spending time with their family and friends, barbequing, and most of all, lighting off some fireworks. This is especially true because of Gov. Cuomo’s lift on New York’s ban of fireworks. But before you start celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day this 4th of July you […]

Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accidents

Recently, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report for pedestrian-motor vehicle accident statistics for the year 2015.  Unfortunately, the GHSA estimates a 10% increase in the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 (compared to 2014 numbers). Specific to New York, in the first 6 months of 2015, 129 pedestrians […]

Clear Off Your Windshield

Recently, an 80-year old man in Canada was pulled over for driving his car like this.  He explained to officers that he was simply too weak to clear the 8 inches of snow off his vehicle before driving. Fortunately for this man nobody was hurt and he left with just a traffic ticket.  The officer […]

Bicycle Sharing in the Capital District

Recently, the Capital District has been making moves to provide more opportunities for bicycle use within its cities.  In July 2015, the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) reached out to companies to obtain information regarding the implementation of a bike-sharing program within the cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs.  According to the Albany Times […]

The Apple Watch – A New Way to Get a 5 Point Traffic Ticket

The much anticipated Apple Watch is a few weeks from making its debut in the United States.  With the new device, people will be able to do a host of new things, including pay for a meal with a wave of the wrist, unlocking car doors without a key, tracking workouts and heartrate.  Probably the […]