Repeat DWI offenders could lose license permanently under proposed law

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ROCKLAND COUNTY -

New legislation introduced by state Sen. David Carlucci could permanently take away licenses of people convicted of multiple DWI charges.

Anastasia Karassik says she lost her 13-year-old daughter, Larisa Karassik, more than three years ago when the car she was in with her father and best friend was hit by a drunk driver in Warren County during Memorial Day weekend.

Both Larisa and the drunk driver died in the crash. Anastasia says the drunk driver had previously been convicted of several DWIs.

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Sen. Carlucci says Larisa is the inspiration behind the new legislation.

Officials say every 50 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from a drinking and driving accident.

Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco says he stands behind the new legislation.

The proposed law goes in front of the Senate next year.

Anastasia Karassik says she hopes the law will prevent other families from going through the heartbreak that she continues to endure every day.

Law enforcement also announced plans for DWI checkpoints during New Year's Eve. They also said there would be extra patrols out and urged residents to find a safe way home if they drink.

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