This story didn’t get as much attention as it should have when it came out last week, so I think it’s worth revisiting. Chronic DWI offenders could lose their licenses FOREVER under new Dept. of Motor Vehicle rules announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
My Gannett colleague, Jessica Bakeman, wrote about the new regulations. Here are the highlights:
- “Drivers who have committed five or more alcohol- or drug-related offenses in a lifetime would now lose their license forever. Current law only removes their licenses for five years after a certain number of offenses during various time periods.”
- “Drivers with three or more alcohol-related offenses plus one other serious traffic violation — such as causing a fatal crash or accumulating 20 license points — during 25 years would permanently lose their licenses.”
- “Offenders with at least three alcohol- or drug-related offenses but no other serious traffic violations would lose their licenses for an additional two or five years beyond the original revocation period, depending on circumstances. When their licenses are restored, offenders would only be allowed to drive to and from work, school and medical appointments for five years. During that time, they must also use an ignition-interlock device, which would block the car from starting if drivers fail a breathalyzer test.”
- “The new regulations would not allow repeated drunk drivers to get their licenses back sooner by completing the DMV’s Drunk Driver Program, as is currently possible.”
What’s your take on these new rules? Tough or not tough enough? Get the conversation started in the comment section below.
(People view images on a screen of accident vehicles, during a Victims Impact Panel at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, July 23, 2009. It’s a meeting that motorists are required to attend if they have been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and want to get their licenses back. (Mark Vergari / The Journal News )