To reduce the number of car accidents on New York roads and identify drivers with a pattern of dangerous driving, Governor Cuomo announced Today that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will now provide prosecutors with information about drivers’ ticket history so they can make a better judgement when looking at a plea for a current driving charge.
So far New York prosecutors were only able to access convictions.
In New York it is common practice for courts and prosecutors to allow drivers charged with a speeding offense to plead those charges down to lesser offenses such as a parking violation. Because prosecutors were missing drivers’ ticket history, potentially dangerous drivers were taking advantage of this loophole to avoid harsher prosecution and stay on the road.
Read more in the Press Release