GENESEO – Ten people have been arrested within the past ten days by Geneseo Police and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle (AUO).
According to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, a New York State driver’s license can be suspended, revoked or withdrawn for many different reasons, including family court violations, owing back taxes, or failing to appear in court.
“A lot of drivers get suspended for failure to pay a fine or failure to appear in court,” said Chief Osganian. “There are millions of dollars in unpaid fines in the state and a lot of people who do lose their driving privileges and end up making their situation worse by driving on an invalid license.”
AUO in the Third and Second Degree are misdemeanors. AUO in the First Degree, which means driving with no license while under the influence of alcohol or a drug, or with ten or more suspensions, or under permanent revocation, is an E felony.
Nine people were arrested for AUO in the Third and Second Degree by Geneseo Police since July 10, and one was arrested for AUO in the First Degree in the Village by the Sheriff’s Office on July 13.
“Statewide it’s an issue,” added Chief Osganian. “We’re used to seeing one or more a week, but this many is unusual. We need to remind people that it’s not worth it to try and drive on a suspended license.”