effort in the New York Legislature to require convicted drunk drivers in the
state to display special license plates that would identify them to police for
random stops has died.
bill, S5646, remained in the Senate Rules Committee when the session ended last
month, effectively killing it for the year.
Senators Nick Spano of Westchester and Tom Libous of Binghampton unveiled the
effort a little more than a week before lawmakers adjourned June 24 for the
year. It sought to require drivers convicted of three drunken-driving offenses
in a five-year period – or four within 10 years – to purchase the special license
plates. The plates would have included a number or letter code that police
could use to easily identify them as convicted drunk drivers.
plates, which would cost the vehicle owner $100, would have been required to be
on the vehicle for two years.
the days before the Legislature adjourned, opponents of the effort said the
special plates could result in frequent police stops, as well as stopping the
vehicle when someone else is behind the wheel.
said he understands the concern about police stops but that it is more
important to be able to identify historically dangerous drivers.
unfortunate,” Libous told The Associated Press. “But repeat offenders
and Spano can pick up the bill from where it left off when lawmakers return to
the Capitol for the session that begins in January 2006.