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New rules take away licenses for repeat DWIs

Proposed DMV guidelines go beyond the existing state law

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People with serious drunken driving records have recently started losing their driver’s licenses for longer than in the past, without any change in state law. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is taking administrative steps to get more people with three or more DWI convictions off the road — and keep them off, in some cases, by never giving them a license again. Those people, termed “dangerous drivers,” will lose their licenses for a minimum ...

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April 7, 2013
11:46 a.m.

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How is it possibly constitutional to do this by rule if it not in the penal law? It seems to be a form of double jeopardy. I think New York's courts will strike this down. When did DMV become the place to take away a license if the courts allow you to have one?

April 7, 2013
12:11 p.m.

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It is time to start going after those who serve alchoholic beverages or banning it outright.. Increasing penalties for drunk drivers will not stop them. Excessive consumption of alchohol is the third leading cause of death in the United States, much higher than tobacco yet we spend more time and money legislating the advertising and sale of tobacco products.