In the Fall of 2012, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles implemented new regulations against drivers who had multiple DWI convictions. For example, a driver with 5 or more alcohol/drug related convictions over a 25 year time period now faces a lifetime driving ban absent compelling or unusual circumstances. An individual with 3 or more alcohol/drug related convictions over a 25 year time period faces a 5-year driving ban. In addition, a person with a serious driving offense (SDO) is defined as a person with 20 violation points in 25 years. DMV is taking a very close look at a person’s lifetime drivers abstract. Driver’s must pay close attention to any traffic ticket that would place additional points on their driving record.
This New York Post details the impact and repercussions of the new regulations: Nearly 4K serial drunk drivers in NY banned for life