NEW YORK: Politician preached against DWI in Christmas Eve column; was arrested for DWI on New Year’s Eve


New York Assemblyman Brian Kolb posted this guest column in the Daily Messenger prior to New Year’s Eve – then he went out drinking and driving and was busted for DWI

Boozing bozo Brian was bopping down the road, taking a chance on killing voters, while driving a
taxpayer-provided vehicle

As we prepare to revel in the upcoming holiday celebrations, it is especially important to remember to do so safely. Many of our holiday traditions, especially our New Year’s Eve celebrations, involve indulging in spirits. Done safely, and in moderation, these can be wonderful holiday experiences. However, tragedy can be only one bad decision away.

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and its message is important: do not operate a vehicle if your ability to do so is impaired. Drunk driving is not only dangerous to the driver but to vehicle passengers, bystanders and other drivers. Please consider the ramifications of impaired driving, especially as we prepare to close out 2019 and welcome in a new decade.

As part of December’s awareness month, New York State has also embarked on a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. Started earlier this month, it runs through Jan. 1, 2020. According to information from the Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated, last year alone there were 4,142 arrests for impaired driving and 144,197 tickets and violations issued. This year, let’s try to get both of those numbers to zero.


There is no excuse for impaired driving. Here in New York, we have taxis, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft and a robust public transportation system. Please, use these services, or a sober, reliable designated driver when making your way about town.

Further, law enforcement in the state has encouraged drivers to download and use the Stop DWI “Have a Plan” app. By thinking ahead and coming up with a plan before imbibing, many regrettable situations can be avoided.

There is much to celebrate this year, and our time with family and friends is to be cherished. It is my sincerest hope that we can reduce and ultimately eliminate drunk driving tragedies that unfortunately mar the season and, for too many families, turn a season of cheer into a never-ending nightmare. Together, by making responsible choices, we can combat these unneeded, avoidable situations and ensure everyone has a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions, and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at 315-781-2030, email me at, find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, represents the 131st District, which includes Ontario County and part of Seneca County.

He’s sorry after he was caught.

“I fully recognize the severity of the situation and I am profoundly sorry,” Mr. Kolb said in the statement. “There is no excuse and no justification for what occurred Tuesday evening. I made the wrong decision, and it is one I deeply regret.”


Boozing bozo Brian was bopping down the road, taking a chance on killing voters, while driving a taxpayer-provided vehicle

The New York Times reported the following:

Kolb was driving his state-issued 2018 GMC Acadia just in front of his home around 10:30 Tuesday night in the town of Victor, N.Y., about 15 miles southeast of Rochester, when he drove into a ditch, the Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson said.


Sheriff Henderson said one of his deputies, called to the scene by a passer-by, administered several field sobriety tests and then took Mr. Kolb to the county jail.

There, an alcohol breath test indicated that the assemblyman’s blood-alcohol content was over 0.08 percent, the sheriff said. Mr. Kolb was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and released pending a future court appearance, the sheriff said, adding that no one was hurt and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Sheriff Henderson, a Democrat elected into office, said he has long known Mr. Kolb and worked alongside him in public service. But, he added, the assemblyman would be treated like any other defendant in such cases.