ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Department of Motor Vehicles is now making a driver's ticket history available to prosecutors to make informed decisions about current driving charges.
A press release says the information will be available for the past 10 years when the original charge was a point bearing violation, a drug or alcohol related offense, or aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Right now, only data on convictions is available to prosecutors.
“By giving prosecutors a more complete story of a person’s driving history, they can make informed decisions and help ensure that potentially dangerous drivers no longer fall through the cracks,” NY Governor Cuomo said. “These reforms will protect motorists and make this a safer New York.”
A press release says access to this information is restricted to District Attorneys, paralegals, and investigators working under the discretion of the District Attorney's office. Information will only be displayed if someone plead guilty of a lesser charge, was covered by another ticket, or is still pending.
Any tickets that were dismissed or was a youth offender was not included.
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