ALBANY, N.Y. – Friday is the start of tougher new DWI laws in New York State.
Governor Cuomo announced that people who drive drunk with a conditional license will now face a felony charge. The charge is the same penalty for those who drive drunk with a revoked license.
Conditional licenses are issued to drivers who lose their license for drunk driving but take part in in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program run by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Previously, driving drunk with a conditional license was only a traffic infraction.
In addition to the new law on conditional licenses, Leandra's Law has been strengthened. There will now be an ignition interlock requirement and the law is now a felony to drive drunk with a child under the age of 16 in a vehicle.
The new provisions of Leandra's Law that took effect Friday: