Contact: Phil Oliva, (518) 455-3756
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

DMV Would Keep Sex Registry Info On Driving Records
Cops would be able to identify Level 3 sex predators after "running plates," driver's license

Individuals registered as Level 3 sex offenders would have their sex offense registration kept on file at the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, accessible to police officers "running plates" and a person's driver's license, under new legislation introduced in the State Assembly. Level 3 sex offenders represent the worst offenders.

Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady, Saratoga) said the new law would give law enforcement an additional tool in the fight against the most dangerous sex offenders.

"If a police officer pulled someone over who had a child in the backseat, or if they noticed someone parked alongside a playground acting suspiciously, they would have this tool to assess the potential danger and to ask appropriate questions and take appropriate actions," said Tedisco.

Just yesterday, after 14 years of debate, the State Assembly passed a civil commitment law that will keep the most dangerous sex predators and pedophiles confined in secure mental health facilities upon the completion of their prison terms. Tedisco said there is still more to do to combat sex offenders.

"We need to strengthen prison sentences and we need to give law enforcement and families all the tools they need to protect our children. Let's not forget who these individuals are. These are the worst criminals. These are the individuals who prey upon the most vulnerable in our society and they must be stopped," said Tedisco.

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