Erie County Bar Closing Time Remains at 4 AM

On Thursday, February 4, the Erie County Legislature voted on whether to keep the bar closing times in Erie County at 4 AM or change them to 2 AM. The decision came after months of debate and voting delays, as well as a public hearing on the matter two days before the final vote. Several Erie County residents, legislators, and law enforcement officers attended the hearing and spoke out both in favor of and against changing the bar closing time. Ultimately, the Legislature voted to dismiss the motion and to keep the Erie County bar closing time at 4 AM. Although the vote did not change Erie County’s bar closing times, it brought several issues to the forefront of people’s minds. Find out what the discussion was about and why it may still have an effect on you.


Lower Legal Limit Recommended by National Transportation Safety Board

Each state sets its own legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in the United States but, since 2004, the legal limit across the country has been .08. In a list of transportation-related safety improvements released two weeks ago, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the legal limit be lowered to .05 or lower. If this recommendation is adopted, it would mean major changes in the lives of many Americans. Learn more about why this change is being proposed, what reactions to it have been, and how it could affect you.


Do I Qualify for a Hardship License?

If you have been arrested for DWI in New York, the law usually requires that your driver’s license be immediately suspended. Even though your license has been suspended, this does not mean that travel to places like school, work, or medical appointments has to be suspended, too. If it is absolutely necessary for you to travel to these places and you have no other way of getting there, you may be able to apply for a hardship license. A hardship license allows someone with a suspended license to travel to work, doctors’ appointments, and school until their full license is reinstated. Find out when to apply for a hardship license, what the restrictions are, and how a DWI attorney can help you to obtain your hardship license.