The New York Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer relicense repeat drunken drivers, according to statements issued by New York state officials that were released on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
The new rules will allow the DMV to deny licenses to any driver with 5 or more alcohol or drug-related driving convictions.
According to DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala, this measure will help save lives by reducing the number of drunk driving related crashes in New York.
Fiala said that in more than 25% of drunk driving crashes in which someone was killed or injured, the drunk driver already had 3 or more drunk driving convictions. According to DMV statistics, 300 people are killed and more than 6,000 are injured in drunk driving related crashes each year.
The changes, which went into effect immediately, will affect an estimated 20,000 drivers in New York.
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