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N.Y. cracks down on multiple DUI convictions

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Some 20,000 New York drivers will have their licenses revoked or delayed because of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions, the governor says.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, said under current law drivers who are convicted of multiple offenses cannot permanently lose their licenses and some still have a license after six or seven alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions.

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"We are saying 'enough is enough' to those who have chronically abused their driving privileges and threatened the safety of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians," Cuomo said in a statement.

The regulations call for:

-- The DMV to review the lifetime record of all drivers who apply to have a license reinstated after a revocation.

-- The DMV to 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 lifetime or 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, 20 or more points assessed for driving violations within the last 25 years, or having two or more driving convictions each worth 5 points or more.

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-- 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driving offense in the last 25 years will be denied their applications for five years if the applicant's license was revoked for an alcohol- or drug-related offense.

-- Drivers whose revocations stem from an alcohol-related offense will require an interlock on the vehicle driven by the applicant for five years.

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