Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York DMV App to Help Prevent DWI (Have a Plan)

"Have a Plan" APP is more than Just that
from NYS STOP DWI.org

The New York State DMV has launched a new, and free phone app called "Have a Plan." First, it's a great idea, one whose time has most definitely come. Second, the Have a Plan section of the app is only your self-made list of contact names and numbers. This app is far, far more than just that one section.

The App has eight sections:

1. Have a Plan (your list of names and numbers/family and friends plan)
2. Don't drive get a ride (local taxi or car service via GPS search)
3. Impairment Estimator: punch in bodyweight, gender, # of drinks, hours drinking = BAC
4. Test your skills: many silly mind games using your phone to test your mental impairment
5. DWI facts and myths
6. Report a DWI: basically it states CALL 911
7. STOP-DWI Social Media: like us on FB, follow us on twitter, find us on vimeo, check us out on YouTube
8. In the news: current DWI and DWI related news

Things I didn't like:

The impairment estimator tells you don't even drive after one drink. In their minds impaired driving begins at ONE. Second, the impairment estimator does not differentiate between men and women. There is a big difference in how alcohol affects BACs in men and women. To state they are equal is completely wrong.

See my recent blog post, and video comparing and explaining high BAC women DWIs and why here:


The meatiest section by far is the DWI facts and myths. It is for the most part accurate except .06 BAC is a legal presumption of impairment in NYS not .05 BAC.

from insleyconsulting.com

BE Prepared / BE Proactive

I've discussed the concept of being proactive and prepared before going out numerous times in my blog.  In fact, it is what I preach (to the dismay of my kids and their friends) at home to my four kids. BTW if you want to download the app, just type "have a plan," using the search terms: DMV or New York or DWI will prove absolutely fruitless and frustrating.

The DMV app helps in a few ways: 

By your GPS location to find local car service/taxi.
Stored phone numbers of people who can come get you.
BAC (blood alcohol concentration) estimates based on number and types of drinks.

I tell them have two things in advance of going anyplace: money for a cab and numbers of taxi companies. If they can get a lift and not drive even better. Don't place yourself in a bad position is the true KEY.

YOU can't make a good plan, a good decision, a good anything late at night or early in the morning AND under the influence of anything (well maybe if it's just adderall and caffeine).

Always consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.

I am certified in Field Sobriety and Breath Alcohol Testing, and an active member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). My online materials include over 500 blog posts, dozens of articles, and over 500 informative videos on my youtube channel.

I have co-authored Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, in both 2011 and 2013. These are West Thomson legal manuals on New York State DWI defense, and focus on the best practices for other lawyers handling a New York DWI case. I was selected by Super Lawyers as a Upstate New York 2013 Rising Star in DWI/DUI Defense based on my experience, contributions, and professional standing.



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