Efforts continue to try and combat drunk driving

August 13, 2018 11:22 PM

EAST GREENBUSH – New York State Police have yet to identify the driver killed when they were hit by not one, but two allegedly drunk drivers on I-90 in East Greenbush Saturday.

Police said August Rice was driving east when he hit a car, causing it to cross into the westbound lanes.

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They said that car was then hit again by Rex Tucker-Moss, who had two children in his car. The driver who was hit twice was killed. Both men are facing DWI and Vehicular Assault charges.

That crash has some concerned about what’s being done to combat drunk driving and wondering if the problem is getting worst.

According to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, in 2016 there were 1,168 DWI arrests in the county. In 2017, there were 1,422 arrests. Sheriff Apple said the numbers in 2018 are so far on track to match last years. He said it’s unfortunate that crashes like the one this past weekend have to remind people to not drink and drive. He said DWI arrests in the county are stagnant right now, but there’s always an ebb and flow.

"When the economies good, you see the DWI's go up a little bit, people have some extra money to go out,” said Sheriff Apple.

He said the Sheriff’s Office is always continues to educate people about drunk driving. They have a program that gives free water to designated drivers at big events, and a program called “Choices” that shows children and teenagers through displays the impact drunk driving can have.

"We always though that you know, maybe they'll just grow up realizing drinking and driving is bad and we're staying away from it, and a lot of young kids do make good choices, but it's some of them that pile into a car and say I'm fine, I can get home and end up with a mass fatality and that’s said,” explained Sheriff Apple.

He said there’s also something that has helped the numbers decrease.

"Use the Uber, use the Lyft, use the ride sharing that's out there,” he said. “When ride sharing first came in DWI's plummeted."

Dawn Wind lives in the Capital Region and her daughter Bailey Wind was hit by a drunk driver when she and three other teenagers were driving on the Northway in 2012. She said last weekend’s crash shows drinking and driving remains a huge problem.

Wind said she wants to know why laws are not being changed to make consequences fit the crime. But Sheriff Apple said he doesn’t necessarily think that’s what needs to be done.

“I don't think it's a law change, I think it really comes down to just making good choices, it really does,” said Apple.

New York State Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this past Saturday’s deadly crash on I-90 in East Greenbush to contact them 518-732-4644.


Emily De Vito

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