Is it me or has driving on New York State roads become more dangerous? There seems to be more reckless driving as drivers cross over the yellow and white lines. I also notice more people pulling out in front of me and not looking when they change lanes.

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I think a lot of the distracted driving has to do with people looking on the phones as they travel along the highway. Apparently, I'm not the only one because Governor Hochul and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has proposed regulation changes to remove reckless drivers from New York State roadways.

This all began after Governor Hochul's 2023 State of the State address in January. These are the changes that the DMV is proposing to stop the dangerous and reckless driving

Department of Motor Vehicles Proposed NYS Driving Regulation Changes

The DMV proposed the following changes for the Empire State:

1) Increase the number of points associated with dangerous driving.

2) Decrease the threshold at which dangerous drivers are disqualified from having a license.

3) Lower the bar for permanent license forfeiture for reckless drivers who continue to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Mark J.F. Schroeder is the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Chair of the Governor Hochul Traffic Safety Committee. This is what he had to say about the proposed changes:

"The message is simple: If your actions behind the wheel put others in danger, you don’t belong in the driver’s seat. That’s why we are proposing significant and aggressive actions to protect other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and children. Everyone deserves to feel safe regardless of how they choose to commute or enjoy our roads,"

You have two months to read and comment on the proposed changes, you can go here to find out more information.

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