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Drunk drivers the target of more state legislation

In recent developments, it appears as if the campaign by state lawmakers to crack down on those convicted of DUI is continuing in full force in Albany.

On Wednesday, the State Senate approved Senate Bill 4740C (S. 4740C), which would mandate that certain classes of motorists convicted of drunk driving take a motor vehicle accident prevention course.

Specifically, S. 4740C -- sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson -- would mandate that drivers take the accident prevention course under the following circumstances:

  • They are convicted of a drunk driving-related offense and:
  • They have previously been convicted of another drunk driving-related offense; or refused to take a chemical test at the time of their arrest for the current DUI; or have accumulated over six points on their driver's license.

The legislation also states that those drivers who are taking the motor vehicle accident prevention course as part of their sentencing cannot use it as a method of reducing points against their license. In order to secure a point reduction, the offender may repeat the course.

"Programs for drunk driver rehabilitation have proven very effective in reducing the number of instances of drunk driving," said Sen. Johnson. "This added component to the DWI or DUID penalty will help to educate and to deter our most dangerous traffic violators from repeating their crimes."

S. 4740C now heads to the Assembly for a vote.

It is worth noting that back in February, New York lawmakers proposed a bill referred to as "Charlotte's Law" that would permanently terminate the driver's license of anyone convicted of a combination of three or more crimes, including:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Being at fault for an accident that resulted in injury
  • Vehicular manslaughter

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

Being arrested for drunk driving can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere suspension or revocation of your license.

When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Sources:

The Long Island Exchange, "Senate passes bill to crack down on drunk drivers" May 2, 2012

The Saratogian, "Lawmakers want three strikes and you're out rule to apply to serial drunk drivers," Lucian McCarty, Feb. 18, 2012

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