ALBANY — The state’s top court has upheld a policy implemented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration that allows the state Department of Motor Vehicles to permanently revoke driving privileges for repeat drunk drivers.
In a 5-0 decision, the state Court of Appeals upheld Cuomo administration rules, put in place in 2012, that take steps going beyond state law governing relicensing procedures for drivers with multiple DWI convictions.
Under state Vehicle and Traffic Law, a driver’s license can be revoked if he or she has three drunk-driving convictions in the span of four years, or four convictions in eight years.
The administration added new rules permanently revoking the license of those convicted of five or more alcohol- or drug-related driving offenses in his or her lifetime, or three or more convictions plus at least one other serious driving offense (such as a fatal accident) in the past 25 years.
Under the regulations, those with three or four convictions or incidents within 25 years would have their license applications denied for five years beyond the statutory revocation period. Should a new license be issued, the driver’s license would be restricted, limiting him or her to travel to and from, for example, work and medical appointments. The driver would also be required to use an ignition interlock device.
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WILEY FORD, W.Va. — An Oakland man was charged with driving under the influence following a Friday head-on crash on state Route 28 that claimed the life of a Hampshire County, West Virginia, man, authorities said.
The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office reported 58-year-old Troya Smith of Shanks was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred just before noon.
A warrant was signed Tuesday morning by Mineral County Magistrate Patrick A. Amoroso charging Tyler A. Sweitzer, 24, of Oakland with driving under the influence causing death. Sweitzer was listed in good condition Tuesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s office indicated Sweitzer was operating a 2015 Ford Escape northbound on Route 28 near Press Little Market when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane directly into the path of a 2004 Ford Ranger operated by Smith and pulling a trailer.
Witnesses told police Smith had no time to react when the Sweitzer vehicle traveled into his lane.
Deputies said the investigation also revealed possible use of a controlled dangerous substance by Sweitzer and speed was cited as a factor.
Upon conviction, the felony charge of driving under the influence causing death carries a maximum sentence of prison of three to 15 years and a fine of $1,000 to $3,000, according to the magistrate’s office.
According to Maryland electronic court records, Sweitzer was issued at least three speeding citations in Garrett County in the past two years.
Maryland State Police charged Sweitzer on April 18 for allegedly traveling 87 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone on state Route 135 at CCC Camp Road.
Sweitzer was cited by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 5, 2016, for driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on Pysell Crosscut Road. He was found guilty of that charge on March 18, court records indicated.
State police also charged Sweitzer with speeding on Interstate 68 at the 24-mile marker on Aug. 26, 2015.
The following are a few samples of REAL answers received on exams given by the California Department of Transportation’s driving school (Most probably from people who failed the first four times)
Q: Do you yield when a blind pedestrian is crossing the road?
A: What for? He can’t see my license plate.
Q: Who has the right of way when four cars approach a four-way stop at the same time?
A: The pick up truck with the gun rack and the bumper sticker saying, “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”
Q: When driving through fog, what should you use?
A: Your car.
Q: What problems would you face if you were arrested for drunk driving?
A: I’d probably lose my buzz a lot faster.
Q: What changes would occur in your lifestyle if you could no longer drive lawfully?
A: I would be forced to drive unlawfully.
Q: What is the difference between a flashing red traffic light and a flashing yellow traffic light?
A: The color.
Q: What can you do to help ease a heavy traffic problem?
A: Carry loaded weapons.
Q: What are some points to remember when passing or being passed?
A: Make eye contact and wave “hello” if he/she is cute.
KALAMAZOO, MI — An 18-year-old Augusta man will stand trial for a crash that killed his friend.
Jacob Lyons was scheduled for a preliminary examination Wednesday on evidence against him in Kalamazoo County District Court.
Lyons waived the exam and instead will stand trial in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.
Lyons is accused of driving under the influence of marijuana, causing a crash that killed Conner Blinn, 17, of Kalamazoo.
Police say Lyons’ vehicle left the road and struck several trees in the 9800 Block of North 32nd Street shortly before 2:30 a.m. Aug. 1.
Lyons faces charges of operating under the influence causing death and reckless driving causing death, both felonies.
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|A proposition has been announced recently to help reduce the deficit and to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime.” If you witness a crime, it is your civic duty to report the crime to the police. When a crime is committed, you have the right to make a “Citizen’s Arrest”. Thus, if YOU commit a crime, it would be extremely helpful for you to perform a Citizen’s Self-Arrest. Fill out the form, to complete your Citizen’s Self-Arrest.
Read the following statement aloud:
“I am under arrest. I have a right to remain silent. Anything I say can and will be used against me in a court of law. I have the right to talk to a lawyer and have him/her present with me while I question myself. If I cannot afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed to represent me, if I wish one, before I question myself. If I decide to make a statement, I may stop at any time.”
Memorize the following rules:
To ensure your Citizen’s Self-Arrest is received, mail a copy of this form to your local police department, in accordance with the following instructions:
The small patch below contains a remarkable offshoot of military technology: An entire miniature Bible, produced by laser microprinting. Place your left hand on the spot and raise your right hand and say “I swear that all of the information I have given on this form is true, so help me, God.”
Early Monday morning police found a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Hayway Road and Carriage Shop Rd for an extended period. Upon further investigation, the officer found the male operator passed out and slumped over the passenger seat. Field Sobriety Tests were administered after the officer woke up the operator. The tests indicated that the operator was impaired by narcotics and he was placed under arrest. The Falmouth Police log transcript identifies the suspect as Mitchell J. DeVincent, 25, of Hanover, MA. He was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating negligently to endanger, possession of a Class A substance, and possession of a Class B substance. Bail was set at $1040.00.