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| ALBANY - Governor
Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday a multi-pronged initiative to keep drivers
with a history of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions off
The State Department of Motor Vehicles will issue new regulations that
will give New York among the toughest protections in the nation against
drivers who persistently drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Under current law, drivers who are convicted of several alcohol or drug
related driving offenses cannot permanently lose their licenses.
These new regulations strengthen DMV's ability to keep dangerous drivers
off the road for good.
The regulations call for:
•Lifetime Record Review by DMV
DMV will be able to review the lifetime record of all drivers who apply
to have a license reinstated after a revocation.
•Truly Permanent License Revocation for Persistently Drunk &
After conducting a lifetime record review, DMV will deny any application
for reinstatement of a license after revocation if the applicant has:
- Five or more alcohol or drug related driving convictions in his or her
- Three or more alcohol or drug related driving convictions in the last
25 years plus at least one other serious driving offense during that period.
A serious driving offense includes: a fatal crash, a driving-related penal
law conviction, an accumulation of 20 or more points assessed for driving
violations within the last 25 years, or having two or more driving convictions
each worth five points or higher.
•?Delayed Re-Licensing, Driving Restrictions, & Interlocks for
Other Drivers with Repeated Alcohol- or Drug-Related Driving Convictions
For those drivers seeking reinstatement of a license after revocation
who have three or four alcohol or drug related convictions but no serious
driving offense in the last 25 years, DMV will:
- Deny their applications for five years beyond their statutory revocation
period if the applicant's license was revoked for an alcohol or drug related
offense; or two additional years if the applicant's license was revoked
for a reason other than an alcohol or drug related offense;
- Restore the applicant's license after that additional period as a "restricted"
license limiting the applicant's driving to, for example, travel to and
from work or medical visits; and
- For those drivers whose revocations stem from an alcohol-related offense,
require an interlock on the vehicle driven by the applicant for five years.
•End the Reduction of Mandatory Suspension or Revocation Periods
Currently, repeat drunk drivers whose licenses have been revoked or suspended
for six months or a year can nevertheless get their full driving privileges
back in as little as seven weeks by completing DMV's Drinking Driver Program.
DMV's new regulations will ensure that those drivers cannot obtain their
driving privileges until their full term of suspension or revocation has