DA implementing policy to take drivers’ vehicles away following second felony DWI

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County is implementing a new DWI policy as the busy Labor Day travel weekend approaches.

Authorities will be able to confiscate drivers’ vehicles if they are arrested on a felony charge of DWI twice.

To be charged with a felony DWI, drivers must either have a prior DWI conviction in the last 10 years, have 3 DWI convictions in 15 years or violate Leandra’s law by driving drunk with someone age 15 or younger.

“Unfortunately, we see too many DWI offenders, even those who have had their driver’s license taken away, still get back behind the wheel drunk,” Erie County Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty said. “This new policy goes a step further in keeping the repeat offenders from putting themselves and others in danger on the roads.”

The DWI Forfeiture Policy is the District Attorney’s method of taking away drunk drivers’ ability to get another DWI.

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