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Another push for Charlotte's Law

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Albany/HV: Another push for Charlotte's Law
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With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, people looking to crack down on drunk and dangerous drivers hope their bill to do so picks up some speed. If passed, it will be the strictest driving law in the country. Megan Cruz has more.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- 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 in Albany to discuss the bill known as Charlotte's Law. The bill is named after Charlotte Gallo, an elderly Schenectady woman who was killed in January 2010 after a night of volunteering at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady. The driver who struck her had been in 10 accidents prior. After hitting Gallo, he faced only a $100 fine for failure to yield and one year revocation of his license.

This bill calls on the Department of Motor Vehicles to implement regulations to permanently ban repeat drunk and dangerous drivers after three convictions either for DWI or DUI, vehicular manslaughter, or if they caused a serious injury in a car crash.

We spoke with a reformed drunk driver who attended the press conference saying he's all for Charlotte's Law, saying it might scare drunk and dangerous drivers from getting on the roads.

Ed Biittig of Sloansville said, "If there's a law saying that you're losing that license, and no matter who you know, you can't get it back, that's the thing that we have to have. We need a law where it's no longer in anyone else's hands. It's gone. Your license will be gone."

Under the bill, a person could face up to four years in prison if caught behind the wheel even after their license is terminated.

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