Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most beloved days for sports fans around the nation. Consequently, it is also one of the most popular nights for driving under the influence of alcohol. Like many national holidays or major sporting events, police agencies across the country know that fans will be consuming alcohol at Super Bowl parties and are taking action to crack down on those who choose to operate motor vehicles while intoxicated.
Statistics for drunk driving arrests on Super Bowl Sunday speak for themselves. Police officers across the state of Delaware arrested 21 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday last year. In 2006, the California Highway Patrol reported 481 DUI arrests, 242 wrecks involving alcohol and seven deaths relate to DUI accidents. And in the same year, the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force stopped over 540 cars on Super Bowl Sunday alone in efforts to crack down on drunk driving.
Officers everywhere urge people to “choose a sober designated driver,” before consuming alcohol at a Super Bowl party to ensure everyone’s safety. These actions can help you avoid spending money on a criminal lawyer and costly court expenses.
On July 3rd of 2011, Albany area teenager Alix Rice was struck by an automobile while riding her skateboard home from work. The driver of the car, Dr. James G. Corasanti, was intoxicated, texting while driving, and speeding when he swerved into the bicycle lane and hit the young girl. After fleeing the scene of the crime, Rice died.
Corasanti was later charged with driving while intoxicated in addition to vehicular manslaughter, but in an absurd twist of fate, his attorney was able to successfully argue that because of his extreme intoxication, Corasanti did not realize he’d hit an 18 year old girl, and could not therefore be held responsible for his actions. The jury acquitted Corasanti on all charges except a misdemeanor drunk driving charge and sentenced the doctor to one year in jail.
In an effort to close the loophole that allowed this man to argue that his drunken actions were not actually his own fault, the people of New York, led by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, are fighting to change the law. The bill, called “Alix’s Law”, was approved by the New York Senate, but has now been tabled until the legislature is back in session.
In case my opinion on the matter is not clear, I am absolutely amazed it has taken this long to address such an outstanding problem in the judicial system in New York. Drunk drivers should not have any opportunity to argue their way out of legal repercussions for their recklessness. It is absolutely imperative that New York lawyers and law makers find a way to ensure that these criminals are held accountable for any property damage, injuries, and deaths that they cause.