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When will a motorist face problem driver restrictions?

| Jun 21, 2018 | Drunk Driving |

Many people in New York will go to occasions this summer where alcohol is served. After all, summer is a popular time for block parties, weddings and one cannot forget the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays. Unfortunately, after attending such celebrations, some people may be charged and convicted of driving under the influence.

When a person has been convicted on drunk driving charges multiple times, the penalties they face are stiff. For example, if a person has multiple DUIs on their records, and their license to drive has subsequently been revoked for a reason that is not even related alcohol, upon relicensing they still may face problem driver restrictions. Such restrictions could have a major impact on a person’s life.

Problem driver restrictions limits when and where a person may drive. Under such restrictions, a person is permitted to drive to and from work, and during working hours if their job requires them to drive. They may also drive to a medical appointment that is necessary for themselves or a member of their household. They may also drive to and from a child’s school or child care facility if needed for the person to keep his or her job or pursue higher education. A person is also permitted to drive to and from their place of higher education. However, driving for other purposes is prohibited.

As this shows, being forced to comply with problem driver restrictions is incredibly limiting. Exceptions aren’t made to run errands, visit friends or go out for social or entertainment reasons. A person may still do these things under a problem driver restriction, but they must find some other means of transport; they cannot drive themselves. This may seem very harsh, but the state of New York takes alcohol-related convictions seriously, and even a non-alcohol related driving penalty can lead to restrictions if a person has a past history of multiple DUIs. Therefore, those who are facing drunk driving charges will want to take every step necessary to ensure their rights are protected.

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