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Golden Pushes Bill Requiring Safety Course For Drunk Drivers

Source: Golden's office

The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in approving legislation (S.4740C), that would require certain drivers convicted of drunk driving to take a motor vehicle accident prevention course.

The bill requires drivers convicted of a drunk driving offense to take the motor vehicle accident prevention course if they have previously been convicted of drunk driving, or refuse to take a chemical test, or have accumulated more than six points on their license.

Senator Golden stated, “Programs for drunk driver rehabilitation have proven very effective in reducing the number of instances of drunk driving. This added component to the DWI or DUID penalty will help to educate and to deter our most dangerous traffic violators from repeating their crimes. I urge the State Assembly to pass this bill for it will help to improve the safety of the roadways of New York and the lives of all motorists and pedestrians.”

This new legislation also mandates that a person who takes the Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course as a condition of sentencing may not use the course as a means to have license points reduced.  To obtain the benefit of a point reduction, an offender may repeat the course.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

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  1. Maybe a little out-patient group in recovery or court ordered AA???
    If it’s anything like the course I took to reduce my insurance it’s getting off too easy.

  2. Will the cost of the program be added to any fines issued? If so, will it generate more jobs and revenue for NYS government? In other words, is this a good way to increase NYS government?

  3. Yeah, alcohol is a bitch. It works for some, not all. 1 in 10 used to be the #’s.
    But think of the boredom or a few life lessons someone would be forced to endure.

  4. Courts have ordered people to attend AA meetings for as long as a year. And someone has to sign a log every thing the person attends.

  5. This is rediculous. Once convicted if driving under the influence, their cars should be confiscated period. A class is much to weak a response. It took too long for politicians to get past their selfish behavior and pass stronger laws. It is time for offenders, espcially public officials to loose their wheels. I am am member of M.A.D.D. Just contact Mary Jane Marra, 718-837-0318, head if the NYC Chapter.

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