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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP COMBAT WRONG-WAY DRIVING

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee announced that the Committee approved legislation to help prevent wrong-way driving crashes on New York’s roadways.

     Under the legislation (S938, Senator Marcellino), the Department of Transportation would be required to create a program in consultation with the Department of Motor Vehicles to address wrong-way driving. The program would investigate the reasons for wrong-way driving crashes; examine what other states have done; set forth possible solutions; and implement measures to address wrong-way driving.

May 15, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO RAISE PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS WHO ILLEGALLY PASS STOPPED SCHOOL BUSES

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has passed legislation to raise the penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

        “Drivers are required to stop for school buses with red lights flashing in order to protect the children boarding or exiting the bus. Illegally passing a stopped school bus jeopardizes the lives and safety of the students on the bus. Stronger fines and penalties will create a greater deterrent and give drivers another incentive not to pass stopped school buses,” said Senator Fuschillo.

May 1, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION RAISING PENALTIES FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVERS

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee today announced that the committee has passed legislation which would raise penalties for drivers who hit and run. 

        "Drivers who flee the scene of an accident show no regard for the welfare of others. It's a heartless crime that deserves a tougher penalty. This legislation will give prosecutors stronger tools to take hit and run drivers off the roads," said Senator Fuschillo.

April 18, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would make it harder for offenders to avoid using ignition interlocks as required by Leandra’s Law.

March 13, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN WISNIEWSKI TO HOLD JOINT PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING PORT AUTHORITY’S FINANCES & LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and New Jersey State Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) today announced plans to hold a joint public hearing on the Port Authority’s finances and lack of accountability.  The hearing will be held jointly by the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee and the New Jersey General Assembly’s Committee on Transportation, Public Works, and Independent Authorities.

     The hearing, which will be held on Friday, April 20th at 10:30 am at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island, will examine the Authority’s spending practices and financial management, as well as ways to make the Authority more accountable and transparent.

March 12, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY REVOKE DRIVER’S LICENSES OF PERSISTENT DUI OFFENDERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has passed legislation to permanently revoke the driver’s licenses of persistent drunk driving offenders.

     “Driving is a privilege, not a right. No one with eight or nine DUI convictions should be handed a driver’s license, but that’s happening right now under current law. This legislation would change that and ensure that individuals who continually drive under the influence will lose their licenses for good,” said Senator Fuschillo.

February 29, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON DISTRACTED DRIVING

        The New York State Senate Transportation Committee, chaired by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., today held a public    hearing on distracted driving examining the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) December 2011 recommendations on distracted driving and exploring how New York State can better prevent distracted driving on its roadways.

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HEARING ON DISTRACTED DRIVING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that the Committee will be holding a public hearing on distracted driving this Monday, February 13th at 10 am in Hearing Room A of the State Legislative Office Building in Albany. The public hearing will examine the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) December 2011 recommendations on distracted driving and explore how New York State can better prevent distracted driving on its roadways.

February 7, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO ENSURE REPEAT ALCOHOL OFFENDERS FACE APPROPRIATE PENALTIES

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that the committee has approved legislation to ensure that individuals with prior convictions of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated are treated as repeat offenders, regardless of the vehicle type.

February 6, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF CONDITIONAL LICENSES

Legislation Would Require Judges to Approve Conditional Licenses for Those Arrested for DWI

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the committee has approved legislation to prevent individuals arrested for DWI from obtaining a conditional license without a judge’s approval.

January 30, 2012
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