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A 22-year-old Elmsford woman was recently charged with driving while intoxicated while her 3-year-old child was a passenger in her vehicle. This charge is a felony under Leandra's Law, enacted in the memory of a young girl who lost her life in a DWI crash. Other motorists were also targeted in the coordinated series of traffic stops in the Lower Hudson Valley and face a variety of drinking and driving charges.

According to a spokesman for the Rockland Sheriff's Office, the woman with the minor child in her car was stopped at almost 3 a.m. at a pre-arranged DWI checkpoint held in conjunction with the Grand View and South Nyack police on Route 9W. Arraigned in front of a local village justice, she was released without bail and faces court appearances this month.

Fifteen other drivers are facing less serious misdemeanor charges ranging from drunk driving and driving while impaired by drugs to criminal possession of a controlled substance. A 33-year-old Elmsford man caused and accident while driving in Yonkers on the Cross County Parkway. New York State Police reported he drove onto the median and struck a light pole at approximately 1:30 a.m. He faces felony charges this month in Yonkers Court.

One Yorktown woman drove her car into her own apartment building on Long Hill Drive. The 57-year-old woman charged with misdemeanor DWI after the 11:30 p.m. incident will appear December 19 in Town Court. Another Yorktown resident, a 36-year-old man, faces multiple misdemeanors after blowing through a road closure on Crompound Road which was being manned by police.

As the holidays approach, office parties and celebrations with family and friends increase the number of drivers who are behind the wheel after imbibing alcoholic beverages. Local and state police agencies are fully aware of the increase in festivities, and will be planning more checkpoints targeting drunk and impaired drivers.

Don't let them catch you unaware. Arrange for a designated driver or take a cab ride home. If faced with traffic violations, including DWI and DUI, protect your rights and your driving record by consulting with an experienced defense attorney before giving any statements to the police.

Source: lohud.com, "Cops: Mom with girl, 3, in car among 16 driving drunk or drugged" Terrence Corcoran, Nov. 29, 2013

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