Last week we discussed the point system in New York State. Today, we review the situations that require suspension or revocation of your license. Examples of revocations or suspensions and their length of suspension that are required by law:
1) Alcohol and Drug Violations
Aggravated DWI, with 0.18 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) - minimum one year
DWI, with 0.08 percent BAC - minimum of 6 months
Driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI)?- 90-day suspension
Driving while ability impaired by drugs?- minimum six-month suspension
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs out-of-state - 90 days to 6 months
2) Chemical Test Refusal
If you refuse to take a chemical test and are age 21 or over - minimum one year
If within five years of a prior refusal?- minimum 18 month suspension
If you are under age 21 and its your first time?- minimum one year revocation
If you are under 21 and it's your second time - revocation until age 21 or one year, whichever is longer
Zero Tolerance test refusal - minimum one year (Under "Zero Tolerance Law", a driver under 21 will have his/her license suspended for six months if found to have a BAC from 0.02 to 0.07. Refusal to take a chemical test will result in a one year suspension.)
3) Speeding and Other Violations Your license will be revoked for at least six months if you are found guilty of:
4) No insurance
Your license will be revoked for at least one year if you operate or allow another person to operate your uninsured vehicle, or if the Dept. of Motor Vehicles receives evidence that you were involved in a traffic crash without being insured.
Remember, a license to drive a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. That privilege can easily be taken away from you - don't let that happen. Obey the laws and drive safely.
For more articles on vehicle and traffic law and traffic safety, visit the Traffic Safety Board's website, www.franklincony.org/content/Departments/View/24.
Dave Werner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.