HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING BUT PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Law enforcement agencies across the state will be enforcing the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown from Wednesday, November 25th, through Sunday, November 29th, 2020. Driving While Intoxicated is a crime (a misdemeanor). A conviction will result in a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000, and/or jail for up to one year, plus other driver responsibility assessments, mandatory court surcharges, and other related fees and penalties. A person’s NY license (or right to drive in NY if the person has an out of state license) will be revoked for six months. A person must have a BAC level of only .08% to be intoxicated. The degree of impairment depends on four primary factors: (1) how much a person drinks; (2) how long a person drinks; (3) the amount of food a person eats (food slows absorption of alcohol); and (4) a person’s body weight. As a rough rule of thumb, for an average 140-160 pound person, BAC levels rise .02% per hour per drink (one drink equals one 12 ounce can of beer, one 5 ounce glass of wine, or one shot of 86-proof liquor). For example, a 140 pound person who consumes five drinks during a two-hour period will have a .08% BAC. Generally, a person’s body metabolizes about one drink each hour (or .02%). That means that 140 pound person may not safely drive a vehicle for AT LEAST four hours after consuming the last drink. IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK! USE A DESIGNATED DRIVER, CALL A CAB, STAY OVERNIGHT WITH A FRIEND OR AT A HOTEL. A DWI charge is a costly, life-changing event.