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October 16, 2012
Cuomo plans to keep problem drivers off road

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a multilevel initiative to keep drivers with a history of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions off the road. The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue new regulations giving New York some of the toughest protections in the nation.

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Under current law, drivers convicted of multiple alcohol- or drug-related offenses cannot permanently lose their licenses. The only time a driver faces losing a license permanently is with two convictions arising from separate crashes involving a physical injury.

With the change, the DMV will be able to review the lifetime record of all drivers who apply to have a license reinstated after a revocation. The DMV will deny such an application if the applicant has five or more alcohol- or drug-related convictions in his or her lifetime or three or more convictions in the past 25 years, plus at least one other serious driving offense during that period.

The new laws will ensure that drivers whose licenses have been revoked or suspended for 6 months or 1 year cannot regain driving privileges until their full term of suspension or revocation has ended.

“We are saying ‘enough is enough’ to those who have chronically abused their driving privileges and threatened the safety of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians,” said Cuomo. “This comprehensive effort will make New York safer, by keeping these drivers off our roadways.”

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