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3,000 to lose driver license due to Charlotte's law
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 3,164 drivers have had their driving privileges revoked or suspended following an order to increase penalties. Last year, Cuomo directed the Department of Motor Vehicles...

Charlottes Law Back in the News !
Governor Cuomo announced Monday that new DMV drivers license rules have taken thousands of dangerous motorists off New York State roads. The changes set an important precedent by mandating the permanent revocation of driving privileges for the worst drunk driving offenders. But since the new ...

Dr. Rozell-Shannon and Assemblyman Tedisco Talk About Charlottes Law on Capital Tonight
Capital Tonight
Today, advocates of Charlotte’s Law gathered at the capitol to call for an end to dangerous driving. Charlotte’s Law would give the DMV power ...

Another Push for Charlotte's Law
ynn.com
As drivers get ready to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, there's another push for a bill that aims to get repeat drunk drivers off the road. Local officials along with families who have been affected by drunk and reckless drivers came together on Thursday ...

Legislators Zero In on Dangerous Drivers
Times-Union
Hoping to permanently remove chronically drunk or drugged drivers as well as other reckless "cowboys out on our streets," Assemblyman Jim Tedisco joined fellow Capital Region lawmakers and advocates to make the case for a "three strikes" law to yank the driving privileges of the state's most dangerous drivers ...

DWI Arrest is Seventh for Woman
Times-Union
Sally Grace Longton has been convicted of driving drunk six times since 1995, but she had a valid driver's license in her wallet Saturday night as she drove down Church Avenue. ...

'Three strikes' and you're off the road
timesunion.com
By LINDA ROZELL-SHANNON, Commentary I am responding to the June 27 article by Albany attorney Eric Sills regarding Charlotte's Law, the proposed "three ...

Letter: Charlotte's Law needed in N.Y.
timesunion.com
Charlotte's Law would permanently terminate the driver's license of anyone convicted of a combination of three or more serious driving offenses: DUI or DWI, causing an accident where there is serious injury to another, or vehicular manslaughter.Similar legislation was introduced ...

Charlotte’s Law Gains Traction
TicketDefenseLaw.com
As summer rapidly approaches, people all across New York are having barbeques, backyard parties, and going out to bars. As a result, New York is seeing a rise in the amount of drunk drivers roaming the roads at all hours of the night and day. Many people ...

New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco - "Charlotte’s Law"
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Recently a woman was arrested in Ballston Spa in Saratoga County for driving while intoxicated, and even though this was the seventh time she was charged with D.W.I. , she still had a valid driver’s license. That would not be allowed ...

"Charlotte's Law" Would Take Away NYS Driver's Licenses After 3 Strikes
Gothamist
Drivers in New York can, and do, get away with murder. But if something called Charlotte's Law makes it through Albany, it could soon become harder to be a serial car killer. ...

Legislators make plea for 'Charlotte's Law'
Legislative Gazette
Charlotte's Law (S.6496/A.8934), also known as the "Three Strikes and You're Out" bill, would permanently terminate driving privileges of those convicted of any combination of the following vehicular crimes: a DWI/DUI conviction; an accident causing ...

Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2012
Contact: Adam D. Kramer, 518-441-5183

Tedisco to Cuomo: Make NY Roads Safer and Take Dangerous Drivers Off the Highways with “3-Strikes and You’re Out” Policy

Assemblyman asks Governor and DMV to use administrative power to ensure that serial drunk and dangerous drivers lose driver’s licenses forever

Building on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts last month to enhance public safety by using executive authority to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today asked the Governor and New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala to use their administrative powers to permanently terminate driver’s license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.

In February, Tedisco and Senator Hugh Farley (R,C,I-Niskayuna) introduced “3-Strikes and You’re Out” legislation (A.8934A/S.6496) to permanently terminate all driving privileges of an individual convicted of a combination of three or more of the following: a conviction for DWI/DUI; actions causing an accident where there is serious personal injury to another and the person who hit them is at fault; or vehicular manslaughter.

Currently, there is no provision in state law that permanently terminates driving privileges for those who are chronic drunk, drugged and/or dangerous drivers.

“The Governor was right to ban synthetic marijuana and now I’m asking the Administration to take the same public safety first approach by saying to incorrigible drunk and dangerous drivers: ‘three strikes and you’re out. You lose your driving license privileges forever,” said Tedisco, former Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip.

“It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Is it any surprise that serial drunk and dangerous drivers continue to wreak havoc and carnage on our streets when the state enables them to keep getting their driver’s licenses again and again? Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a difficult illness to overcome and those that suffer from it deserve help but our concern and compassion for them can’t override our obligation to keep chronic drunk and dangerous drivers off our highways and protect innocent, law-abiding citizens and their families,” said Tedisco.

Among other cases, Tedisco’s 3-strikes bill, known as “Charlotte’s Law,” was inspired by the family of Charlotte Gallo, a senior citizen from Schenectady, New York, who was killed by a vehicle failing to yield to a pedestrian near Proctor’s Theatre on January 2, 2010. Charlotte was leaving Proctors after a night of volunteering for the organization. The individual driving the vehicle had a long history of dangerous driving and had what a judge called an “appalling driving background.”
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Editor’s Note: Attached please find Tedisco’s letter to the Governor and DMV Commissioner.

List of articles and videos related to death of Charlotte Shannon Gallo:

List of links, articles and videos concerning Charlotte's Law

  • POV: ‘Charlotte’s Law,’ a road to safer highways
    Unlike the right to be safe on New York’s roads, driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. That privilege comes with the obligation to respect the safety of others. Families have a right to know they and their loved ones will be protected from serial drunk and dangerous drivers who become human weapons when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
  • “Three strike rule” bill introduced to NYS Senate to tackle drunk drivers
    A bill in New York would apply the three-strike rule to drunken drivers by permanently ending their driving privileges. The bill would terminate licenses forever for a driver who is convicted three times for driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence or if the driver is at fault in three accidents where there are injuries.
  • http://174.129.18.187/legislation/bill/A8934A-2011
    AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to enacting "Charlotte's Law" relating to the termination of driving privileges of persistent vehicle and traffic law violators.
  • http://www.news10.com/story/16925387/news10-abc-investigates-multiple-dwi-offenders?clienttype=printable
    Last week NEWS10 ABC showed you how some multiple DWI offenders never lose their license if their convictions don't fall within the four or eight year time periods the state counts for license revocations.
  • R.I.D. and Advocates Support “Charlotte’s Law”–“Toughest Road Safety Law in the Nation”
    Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) and Senator Hugh Farley (R,C,I-Niskayuna) today joined with advocates and families who lost loved ones to drunk and dangerous drivers to call for new legislation to help make our roads safer by permanently terminating the driver’s license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.
  • Three strikes and you're off the road
    Schenectady Gazette>
    Charlotte's former daughter-in-law, Linda Rozell-Shannon, said she feels like she can finally get justice with this legislation.
  • Lawmakers want three strikes and you're out rule to apply to ...
    The Saratogian
    ... who have lost a loved one to someone who has numerous violations on their driver's license and continues to drive," said Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, ...
  • Three Strikes Law Proposed for Drunk Drivers
    WWNY TV 7 - ‎Feb 18, 2012‎
    It could be three strikes and you're out. A proposed bill aims to take licenses away, permanently, from anyone with three convictions for driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired. While the law would crack down on drunk drivers ...
  • New bill would toughen laws for repeat DWI offenders
    YNN - ‎Feb 17, 2012‎
    It could soon be a lot harder for convicted DWI offenders to hold on to their drivers licenses. Our Lori Chung has more on a proposed law advocates say could become the toughest road safety legislation in the nation. Then come back here and refresh the ...
  • Three- Strikes-and-Out Law Proposed for Drunk Driving
    FOX 40 News WICZ TV - ‎Feb 17, 2012‎
    Some New York lawmakers want a "three strikes and you're out" law for drunk driving. The state legislation would permanently end driving privileges for drivers who are convicted three times for driving drunk, under the influence, or if the driver was ...
  • Three DWI Convictions, Could Lose Driver's License
    13WHAM-TV - ‎Feb 17, 2012‎
    Albany, NY - A bill in New York would apply the three-strike rule to drunk drivers by permanently ending their driving privileges. The bill would terminate licenses forever for a driver who is convicted three times for driving while intoxicated or ...
  • Stiffer Penalties Proposed for Drinking and Driving
    WETM-TV - ‎Feb 17, 2012‎
    Elmira, NY – Drivers in New York State who get caught three times drinking and driving may permanently lose their right to get behind the wheel. A new bill would take away the license of a driver who is convicted three times for DWI or DUI.
  • Three strikes and you're off the road
    Schenectady Gazette (blog) - ‎Feb 17, 2012‎
    By David Lombardo A proposed law would make it three strikes and you're permanently out... for serial drunk and dangerous drivers. Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, have introduced "Charlotte's Law," in honor of ...
  • Three strike rule proposed for DWI offenders
    YNN Hudson Valley - ‎Feb 17, 2012‎
    NEW YORK -- A new bill could mean three strikes and you are out for DWI offenders. A new bill in the state would apply the three strike rule to drunk drivers by permanently ending their driving privileges. The law, proposed by Assemblyman James Tedisco ...
  • "3 strikes" DWI bill to be announced
    WXXA - ‎Feb 17, 2012‎
    Two Capital Region lawmakers want to make it three DWI strikes and you're out from behind the wheel in New York . Republicans Assemblyman Jim Tedisco of Glenville and Senator Hugh Farley of Niskayuna are set to announce their bill Friday.
  • New York legislators attack repeat DUI and DWI offenders
    In recent news, many New York residents are pushing for changes in current alcohol-related driving sentences. Sources say that state officials joined advocates to call for a new legislation to permanently eliminate repeat drunk drivers from the road.
  • New York Three Strikes Proposal Takes a Swing at Repeat DWI
  • Our view: Toughen laws to keep drunks off our highways
    A bill currently being considered by state legislators that would take away a person’s driving privileges for life after a third conviction for driving while intoxicated or while under the influence is a good step...
  • 3 Strikes and You’re Out, Enough is Enough
    Unlike the right to be safe on New York’s roads, driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. Families have a right to know they and their loved ones will be protected from serial drunk and dangerous drivers who become human weapons when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
  • New York - Bill Gives 3-Strikes-You're-Out Treatment To DWI
    New York - A bill in New York would apply the three-strike rule to drunken drivers by permanently ending their driving privileges. The bill would terminate licenses forever for a driver who is convicted three times for driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence or if the driver is at fault in three accidents where there are injuries.