NY increases penalty for multiple DWI offenders

By Keith Zubrow
By Anna Norris

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NY increases penalty for multiple DWI offenders

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Driving drunk is illegal, but now in New York, the penalty for repeat offenders is much higher.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of Vince's Law Friday.

The amended legislation extends the time frame in which multiple DWI's can automatically invoke a felony.

Those who commit three or more DWI-related offenses within 15 years could face a prison sentence of up to 7 years and a $10,000 fine.

“Motorists who repeatedly drive drunk are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road, and they have no place behind the wheel,” Cuomo said. “Vince’s Law will keep these reckless individuals out of the driver’s seat and help prevent future tragedies from occurring. I thank the sponsors of this bill for their help in combating drunk driving and am proud to sign this bill into law today.”

The law was named for Vincent Russo who was killed in a head-on collision by a driver with five DWI-related offenses.

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