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DMV wants harsher penalties for speeding, fleeing accidents, and DWI: What would change?

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In response to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s recent State of the State address advocating for increased safety measures on the roads, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has proposed a series of stricter penalties targeting high-risk drivers.


The new propositions include adding penalty points for offenses such as driving unlicensed, speeding in work zones, fleeing accident scenes involving injuries, or causing infractions like striking a bridge.

Currently, accumulating 11 penalty points within 18 months can lead to a license suspension. However, the DMV aims to extend this period to 24 months.


Additionally, the department seeks to modify the system determining the reissuance of licenses for chronic reckless drivers: currently, five drug or alcohol-related convictions result in non-renewal of licenses, but the DMV proposes decreasing this to four.

The DMV will consider public feedback on these proposals until November 6.