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NY Governor Wants New DWI, Texting Restrictions

47,000 New York drivers have been convicted of 3 or more drunk driving violations. He wants to put an end to that and another driving hazard.

In Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday night, he released a startling number.

47,000 New York drivers have been convicted of 3 or more drunk driving violations. He wants to put an end to that and another driving hazard.

"3 strikes and you are out and you are off the road. Period,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State Address.

Three convictions and you're done for good. Two and you're off the road for 5 years.

Lt. St. Lewis says they often see people arrested for DWI more than once.

"You can't go a weekend without seeing quite a few DWI arrests. That's been the case for the 25 years that I've been working as a state trooper,” said Lt. St. Lewis.

And if it's not drinking before you take the wheel, it's texting while driving that has law enforcement officials on edge.

"You're eyes are not on the road, your eyes are on the phone. You're doing this, you're looking down, you're texting. If you think you need the phone, you can pick it up later on when you actually need it,” said Lt. St. Lewis.

In New York, it's illegal to even touch your phone while driving. And now, Governor Cuomo wants to crack down even more.

If you're a teen driver, he introduced a law that would suspend your license for a year after 1 texting while driving ticket.

“There's a lot to lose out there, not just your license. Somebody's life is very, very important,” said St. Lewis.

 

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