ALBANY, N.Y. - Three strikes and you're out: That is what Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is requesting the state's policy to be for drunk driving.
Thursday, Tedisco asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala to permanently terminate driver's license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.
In February, Tedisco and Senator Hugh Farley introduced "3-Strikes and You're Out" legislation to permanently terminate all driving privileges of an individual convicted of a combination of three or more of the following: a conviction for DWI/DUI; actions causing an accident where there is serious personal injury to another and the person who hit them is at fault; or vehicular manslaughter.
Currently, there is no provision in state law that permanently terminates driving privileges for those who are chronic drunk, drugged and/or dangerous drivers.
Tedisco is building on Cuomo's efforts last month to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana.
Among other cases, Tedisco's 3-strikes bill, known as "Charlotte's Law," was inspired by the family of Charlotte Gallo, a senior citizen from Schenectady who was killed by a vehicle failing to yield to a pedestrian near Proctor's Theatre on January 2, 2010. Charlotte was leaving Proctors after a night of volunteering for the organization. The individual driving the vehicle had a long history of dangerous driving and had what a judge called an "appalling driving background."