An Akron man has been sentenced to a year in prison for leaving the scene of a drunk driving crash that injured two children and an adult.

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After allegedly driving under the influence and striking a girl on a sidewalk in East Aurora this past Sunday, Erin Kuntz was arraigned in the village Monday but did not have her license pulled. After pressure from Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, that changed the following day. 

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With the Independence Day holiday looming, police are again vowing to be extra watchful of suspected driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants. But Erie County officials say there's a downward trend in the number of arrests in the first half of 2019.

DWI crackdown comes with the holidays

Dec 27, 2018
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New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving through the end of the year.

Erie County

There are encouraging numbers in the effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on area roadways.

An Elma woman has been charged for crashing her vehicle into a Grand Island home.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Police agencies throughout Erie County have launched their holiday DWI enforcement campaign. With the financial support of a recently acquired grant to Erie County, additional patrols will be on the road from now through January 2.

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Orchard Park Police have arrested a Hamburg man after reports were received about a car dragging a highway light pole.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The fight over Buffalo Police street checkpoints is continuing in the courts, with an alliance of interest groups seeking a court order for release of what data exists since 2013.

Monroe County deputies confirm that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will be released from jail early Thursday morning, after being there for more than a month.

As ride-hailing prepares to make its local debut Thursday, Erie County’s top prosecutor said he’s confident the service will help reduce drunken driving.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local government and law enforcement are teaming up with a local beverage retailer and advocate for drug-and-alcohol abuse prevention, to launch a campaign discouraging underage drinking. With prom and graduation season getting underway, supporters of "Not A Minor Problem" hope to stop short-term decisions that could cause long-term consequences, including deaths.

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New York's Court of Appeals has upheld a state law that allows for permanent suspension of drivers licenses for repeat drunk drivers.

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A single vehicle accident in the Southtowns has led to the arrest of a Lackawanna woman.

Niagara Falls Councilman charged with DWI

Mar 11, 2017

A Niagara Falls City Councilman is charged with a misdemeanor DWI after an accident early Saturday morning.

Woman crashes vehicle into building

May 29, 2016

On Sunday morning a vehicle crashed into Two Eagles Smoke Shop.

Medical disorder helps woman beat DWI charge

Apr 23, 2016
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A woman in Hamburg charged with a DWI in 2014 has beat the charge with a rare medical disorder.

NTSB recommends lowering legal BAL to 0.05 percent

Jan 25, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its "most wanted" list for 2016. Among its recommendations is lowering the legal blood alcohol limit. But some law enforcers and elected officials believe there's a better way to crack down on DWI cases.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While police say they're always looking out for those who drive while impaired, they're stepping up efforts from now through September 7 in an end-of-summer "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

Local officials disagree on earlier bar closing time

Aug 13, 2015
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The opinions vary, and so do the statistics they use. While Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is continuing his call to consider an earlier closing time for the county's drinking establishments, one county lawmaker questions whether it might actually backfire.

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D-W-I charges are still filed by police and prosecuted. On this week's edition of...You and the Law, attorney Nicholas Michael Rossi talks about the increasing complexity of these cases.

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Western New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy two St. Patty's Day parades this weekend.

An off-duty New York State Police Officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated in the city of Lockport.

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State police in the Buffalo area have a new tool for conducting sobriety checkpoints on New Year's Eve.

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Drivers with multiple DWI offenses will be facing stiffer penalties come November first.

Buffalo Bills release Alan Branch

Aug 24, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have released veteran defensive lineman Alan Branch one day after he was arrested for drunk driving.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing that local law enforcement agencies along with State Police will be increasing patrols on area roads over the holiday weekend.

Around 1500 Erie County motorists are driving with ignition interlocks to check and see if the driver has been drinking.

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Statewide law enforcement personnel are engaging in an Impaired Driving Crackdown over the holiday weekend, which is promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association.

If you have a DWI on your record and you want to cross the Niagara River bridges into Canada, is that a problem? This week on You & The Law, attorney Kelly Carr says it can be, although there are potential solutions.