Mount Marion man still driving after 25 suspensions or revocations

A couple of weeks ago, a 53-year-old man from Mount Marion, near New Paltz, was discovered driving on a suspended or revoked license even after he had received a total of 25 driver's license suspensions and revocations. The latest suspension was apparently due to an insurance lapse.

One interesting aspect of this story is how the man was caught. According to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, deputies now have in-car license plate readers that are constantly scanning the plates of nearby cars and can beep an alert when they hit upon a plate that corresponds to an entry in a suspended or revoked licenses file. Who knew that the police were now able to determine your driver's license status without even pulling up your information?

It's a good reminder for those who have unresolved driver's license issues with the State of New York. There might have been a day when drivers could take the chance that they could continue driving and not be caught unless they committed a new traffic violation. Those days are over.

Technological advances in law enforcement technology are becoming increasingly common in our lives. From Breathalyzers to ignition interlock devices to the proposed in-car air-alcohol measurement device called DADSS, law enforcement and prevention technologies have developed quickly and have been implemented across the nation. That said, such technologies are sometimes controversial. It is unlikely that a successful challenge could be brought against the use of license plate reader, since license plates are both required and on public display, but privacy concerns remain.

The Mount Marion man has been charged with numerous traffic offenses:

  • Four misdemeanor counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
  • One misdemeanor count of operating with a suspended registration
  • A traffic citation for operating without insurance

He was released on $5,000 bail and ordered to return the Town of Ulster Court for his hearing. Hopefully, he didn't drive.

Source: Saugerties Post Star, "Sheriff's car triggers alert resulting in arrest of Mount Marion man," Feb. 18, 2013

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