Saturday, November 04, 2006

New York, New York

Typo in state's drunken driving law changes its meaning - "ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Drinking a shot of beer in New York could get you arrested for drunken driving. At least that's the way the New York law reads.

Lawmakers this year approved a bill that sets the standard for driving while intoxicated at 0.18 grams of alcohol in a person's blood.

A person's body might produce that much alcohol naturally, said Ed Fiandach, a DWI lawyer in Rochester.

Instead of using grams, the law should have used blood alcohol content as a measure.

'It was a typo,' said Assemblyman David Gantt, D-Rochester, who heads the Assembly Transportation Committee that approved the bill before it went to the Legislature. 'If you go through our laws, mistakes are made all the time. We're human beings.'"

1 comment:

Jeff Meyerson said...

Just great. It would be New York. Those morons in Albany sit on their butts for months at a time and can't even get their own laws right!

Where's Richard's peeing buddy when we need him?
(obscure Bouchercon joke)