The NYS DMV has Now Decided that those with Two DWI/OUI/DUI/OWI in 25 years are Abusers
In 2012 NYS DMV has new regulations imposed by the governor to crack down on long time DWI offenders. These administrative rules were to some harsh and they are still reverberating within the state of NY and it's residents.
Anyone with two DWI or ADWI or DWAI drugs or DWAI alcohol convictions will now be labeled as a person with a history of alcohol or drug abuse if they occurred within the last TWENTY FIVE YEARS. It used to be 10 years. Now the look back is upped to 25 years. That is a big span of time in my opinion. Maybe not the best span to get such a label with such varying degrees of the above infractions.
§ 55:8 DMV's definition of "history of abuse of alcohol or drugs" now utilizes 25-year look-back period
Prior to September 25, 2012, DMV defined "history of abuse of alcohol or drugs" as:
A history of abuse of alcohol or drugs shall consist of a record of  or more incidents, within a 10 year period (old law pre-2012), of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or drugs or of refusing to submit to a chemical test not arising out of the same incident, whether such incident was committed within or outside of this state.
15 NYCRR former § 136.1(b)(3) (emphasis added).