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Driving when taking prescription medication could cost you

Many people assume it is safe to drive after taking prescription pills. However, just because they come from your doctor doesn't mean you can safely drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tracks the risks of more than 400 drugs, many of which are legal prescriptions. While illegal drugs still make up a substantial number of drugged driving cases and crashes, medicine prescribed by your doctor is still implicated in a number of crashes. If you're driving after taking a prescription, you could still face charges of driving while ability is impaired.

Man accused of stealing deeds to six homes, including mansion

On May 9, a New York man was indicted on multiple fraud charges. According to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, the 36-year-old was accused of stealing six house titles that belonged to owners that had died or abandoned their properties.

New York's highest court upholds controversial DWI rules

The New York State Court of Appeals voted unanimously on May 9 to uphold controversial rules that allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to permanently revoke the driving privileges of repeat drunk drivers. The 5-0 vote by the state's highest court brings a contentious lawsuit filed by three New York residents to an end. More than 13,600 applications for the reinstatement of driving privileges have been declined by the DMV commissioner since the rules went into effect in 2012 according to figures released by the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Interlock laws and alcohol-related crashes

Drivers in New York may be interested in a recent study conducted by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The results of the study show that state laws mandating the use of ignition interlocks for individuals convicted of drunk driving offenses are a significant factor in the reduction drunk driving crashes that cause fatalities.

New York authorities target fraudulent tax preparers

Responding to evidence gathered by the New York Department of Taxation and Finance, the attorney general pressed charges against two women accused of filing tax returns with false information. Authorities arrested the women, ages 33 and 34, of New York City and the Bronx, respectively, after they allegedly added fictitious nieces and nephews as dependents to tax returns in order to qualify for higher tax refunds.

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