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A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulfullshots/495436157/">Soulfull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: Soulfull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Thruway, anti-drunk-driving group tout sobriety

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Thruway Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are kicking off their annual "red ribbon" campaign against drunken driving.

Officials say 65,000 red ribbons will be handed out to Thruway drivers across New York state on Friday.  Go to full article

NY man charged after bicyclist killed by car

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) A 28-year-old northern New York man faces multiple felony charges after state police say he left the scene after hitting a bicyclist with his car, causing fatal injuries.

Troopers say Daniel Lester of Rensselaer Falls in St. Lawrence County was driving his Toyota Corolla north on County Route 27 in Canton shortly before 11 p.m. Monday when the accident happened.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99329675@N02/11064883376/">jpalinsad360</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: jpalinsad360, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY State Police target drunk driving at Christmas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Police are joining a national crackdown on drunk driving during the holidays.

The goal of the initiative "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to prevent motorists from being injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug-impaired driver. Data show the holiday season is a particularly deadly time because of the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads.  Go to full article

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Gov. Paterson at the Olympic Museum in lake Placid, where he signed a new law beefing up DWI enforcement. Photo: Adirondack Daily Entperprise.
Gov. Paterson at the Olympic Museum in lake Placid, where he signed a new law beefing up DWI enforcement. Photo: Adirondack Daily Entperprise.

Paterson signs "Jack Shea" anti-DWI law

Gov. David Paterson signed a new law closing a legal loophole that prevented the driver accused of killing Olympic medalist and Lake Placid native Jack Shea from standing trial.

It authorizes certified nurse practitioners and advanced emergency medical technicians to draw blood from motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol--without a doctor present. Paterson says "Jack Shea's Law" simply brings the legal standard into conformity with standard medical practice.

In 2002, a driver faced charges in the crash outside Lake Placid that killed 91-year-old Shea, who won two gold medals for speedskating at the 1932 Olympics. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Legislature, Pataki Agree on Tougher DWI Proposal

Governor Pataki and the legislature have agreed on a bill to strengthen penalties against drunk drivers, at the urging of a mother whose son was killed by a man charged with driving drunk. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New Law Lowers Legal Amount of Alcohol For Drivers

New York is changing what it means to be drunk behind the wheel. A new law went into effect this week that lowers the amount of alcohol a driver can have in their bloodstream. As Jody Tosti reports, with the holiday beginning today, police are expecting even more arrests this year under the new standards.  Go to full article

NYS Senate Urges Stiffer DWI Law

The state Senate is urging the Assembly to pass more restrictive DWI legislation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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