In his fourth State of the State address, Governor Cuomo also proposing harsher penalties for those who choose to drink and drive or even text while behind the wheel. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Karen Tararache spoke to two leaders who welcome the change, because they've seen first hand the deadly consequences.
NEW YORK STATE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "Forty-seven thousand drivers with three or more drunk driving convictions are still on the road. It's absurd. Let's change the law, anyone convicted of drunk driving two times in three years should lose their license for five years and three strikes and you're out and you are off the road period."
As Governor Cuomo vows to continue the fight against drunk driving in 2014, Saratoga County District Attorney, James Murphy, feels the push for harsher violations to offenders couldn't come any sooner.
"After your third DWI perhaps that's an appropriate remedy I think," Murphy said.
Last year, Saratoga County issued about 1200 DWIs, 130 of which were felonies. Of those 92 were second time offenders and 38 were three time offenders.
Murphy adds, "People get DWI after DWI and continue to get their licenses from DMV and that's a real issue for DAs."
A repeat DWI offender in Saratoga County may be asked to attend a four hour class called "Alive at 25," bringing offenders ages 16 to 25 face to face with Cynthia Dort.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension Occupant Protection Educator said, "Their mind set is they can do what they want to do and we try to help them understand that driving it's a privilege not a right."
A point reduction plea deal may even be offered to a texting while driving offender if he or she takes Cynthia's "Distracted Driving" class.
"You can't see that person so your mind is focusing on what are their facial expressions, how do they really feel about what you're saying and you're so focused on that conversation that you kind of don't see everything that's around you," Dort explained.
Murphy adds, "I hope texting while driving becomes kind of the drunk driving of the future- people think, "Oh my god you've been texting while driving, how terrible is that?" Right now nobody really cares about it."
But if the Governor has it his way, that too will soon change.
"If a teenager or is caught texting while driving they should lose their license for one year, let them learn this lesson," Gov. Cuomo said.