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SoS update: Cuomo wants new DWI, texting restrictions

By Tom Precious

Albany -- Repeat drunk drivers will permanently lose their licenses if they are convicted of drunk driving three times. "Three strikes ... and you are off the road, period,'' Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo called for drivers to lose their licenses for five years if they get two DWI convictions in three years. He said there are now 47,000 licensed drivers in New York with three or more drunk-driving convictions. "It's absurd,'' he said.

Cuomo said teens have higher fatality rates texting while driving than drinking while driving. He proposed an automatic loss of license for one year for any teen convicted of texting while driving. "Let them learn this lesson. They are our sons and our daughters and let's save lives,'' he told lawmakers.

 

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