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Gov. wants prosecutors to have access to driving history

ALBANY -- Governor Cuomo has opened up the books and is allowing prosecutors across the state to see your driving history allowing them to go back as far as 10 years to see all tickets issued, even the ones that were plead down.

A motorist's entire driving history will now be available to District Attorneys across the state when they appear before a judge in traffic court. Under the change District Attorneys can go back and find information on tickets that were pleaded down. Currently they are allowed only to see convictions, not the original charge.

Tickets where the charge was dismissed or where youthful offender status was granted are not included.

Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner, Barbara Fiala, said Monday the change in the law will create safer roads.

"What I am expecting and hoping is we will have safer drivers more cognizant of the rules and what we are doing." Fiala said.

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