New York Governor Vetoes Bill to Give Benefits to Drunk Drivers

New York Gov. David Paterson has vetoed legislation to extend no-fault insurance benefits to drunk drivers.

The bill, S.8294-A, would have repealed New York’s Alcohol Exclusion law, which allows insurance companies to deny some coverages to motorists who drive while under the influence.

Currently, New York’s basic no-fault coverage does not apply to anyone who drives a car while drunk. However, coverage includes medical expenses incurred by passengers of DWI violators and their victims.

The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York, a trade group, had recommended that the Paterson veto the bill, arguing that it would lead to increased premiums.