Issues: Drunk Driving

Klein Introduces Legislation Designed to Strengthen Supervision of Minors on Party Buses and Increase Safety of Passengers

BRONX, NY – Amid widespread reports of underage drinking on a Long Island “party bus” earlier this week, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced legislation today to rein in the charter bus industry and to require adult chaperones for all large, underage parties aboard the “clubs on wheels.”

April 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES MANDATORY DWI TESTING AFTER SERIOUS ACCIDENTS

Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death Occurs

The New York State Senate passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation requires testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

“This measure is another step in holding those who choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol accountable for putting innocent lives at risk,” Senator Martins said. “This will provide law enforcement with more effective means to make our roads safer and save lives.”

March 26, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation Mandating DWI Testing After Serious Accidents Passes Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored that would help increase prosecution of drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being impaired when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death. 

Under current law, chemical testing is permitted at the discretion of law enforcement following an accident but it is not required.  Additionally, law enforcement needs to establish reasonable cause to order a chemical test. 

March 26, 2014
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Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014
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News 12 Segment On The Fight Against Impaired Driving

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) recently discussed his legislation (S.1446) on News 12.  The legislation would provide law enforcement with an enhanced ability to order alcohol and drug content testing in the event of accidents that result in serious physical injury or death -- March 11, 2014

March 12, 2014
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS: BE SAFE, BE SMART, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

     With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, and Thanksgiving Eve being one of the busiest bar nights of the year, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is urging residents to be safe, be smart, and don’t drink and drive. Senator Fuschillo also reminded drivers that New York State’s DWI laws are among the strongest in the country and that police will be stepping up enforcement to catch drunk drivers. 

November 25, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO NAMED “2013 LEGISLATIVE CHAMPION” BY MADD NEW YORK

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today was named a “2013 Legislative Champion” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) New York. MADD selected Senator Fuschillo for the award for his leadership in the State Legislature in getting reforms to Leandra’s Law passed.

November 21, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STRONGER LEANDRA’S LAW TAKES EFFECT TOMORROW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that a new law he authored to strengthen Leandra’s Law takes effect tomorrow, November 1st. 

     The new law, which was signed on July 26th, will ensure that more convicted drunk drivers use ignition interlocks as required by law. It will also make it more difficult for drivers to claim they will not operate a car and enhance penalties for individuals who try to escape the law through fraud.

October 31, 2013
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In Wake of Startling Citywide Report, Senate Co-Leader Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Call for Tough New Laws Aimed at Curbing Alcohol Sales to Minors

BRONX, NY - Amid a startling new report that uncovers the extent of underage alcohol sales in the Bronx, Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) called on the New York State legislature to quickly pass several tough measures aimed at slashing alcohol sales to minors. On Monday afternoon, New York State Governor Cuomo and the State Liquor Authority (SLA) released shocking results from a seven-day sting operation targeting underage alcohol sales across New York City conducted earlier this month.

More Bronx retailers were caught making underage alcohol sales during the sting operation than any other borough. According to the SLA’s report, 26 different Bronx retailers sold alcohol to minors.

October 23, 2013
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Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Rid Bronx of Violent Nightclubs

HUNTS POINT, NY – Standing in front of the infamous nightclub, Club Eleven, in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo announced legislation passed by both houses in the state legislature that would close the information gap between the New York Police Department and State Liquor Authority when it comes to crimes committed at bars, nightclubs and restaurants with liquor licenses.

September 4, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE ENHANCED DWI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Will Include Increased Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoints, and Higher Visibility Enforcement to Help Further Prevent Drunk Driving Crashes

    Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo discusses the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enhanced DWI Enforcement Campaign. He is joined by (left to right) Trooper Frank Bandiero, Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Margaret Rebholz and Anneliese Bosco of MADD, Major Joseph Tripodo, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Marge Lee of DEDICATEDD, and Danielle Rella of MADD.

August 14, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS SENATOR MARTINS-SUPPORTED BILL STRENGTHENING LEANDRA'S LAW

The Governor signed a bill introduced by Senator Charles Fuschillo and supported by Senator Jack M. Martins that strengthens Leandra’s Law and provides new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

July 29, 2013
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New Safeguards To Keep Drunken Drivers Off New York's Roads

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a bill that strengthens Leandra’s Law and provides new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.Leandra’s Law, originally passed in 2009, imposed tough new penalties on persons who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with children in the vehicle. One of the law’s most notable provisions is the required installation of an ignition interlock device on vehicles owned, or operated, by a person convicted of alcohol-related offenses.

July 26, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that legislation he sponsored to strengthen Leandra’s Law has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

     The new law will ensure that more convicted drunk drivers use ignition interlocks as required by law. It will also make it more difficult for drivers to claim they will not operate a car and enhance penalties for individuals who try to escape the law through fraud.

July 26, 2013
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May 2013 Newsletter – Stop Distracted Driving

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July 18, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, ASSEMBLYMAN WEISENBGERG & ADVOCATES URGE GOVERNOR CUOMO TO SIGN LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) today urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation they sponsored to strengthen Leandra’s Law. Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman Weisenberg were joined by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and members of the anti-DWI advocacy organizations MADD and DEDICATEDD in supporting the legislation and urging residents to be safe and designate a driver this July 4th.

     The legislation would ensure that more convicted drunk drivers use ignition interlocks as required by law. It would also make it more difficult for drivers to claim they will not operate a car and enhance penalties for individuals who try to escape the law through fraud.

July 2, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation to keep convicted drunk drivers from evading ignition interlock device usage. The bill (S5859), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.

June 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STRONGER LEANDRA’S LAW PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to legislation he sponsored to strengthen Leandra’s Law. 

     The legislation would ensure that more convicted drunk drivers use ignition interlocks as required by law. It would also make it more difficult for drivers to claim they will not operate a car and enhance penalties for individuals who try to escape the law through fraud.

June 22, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS NEW PENALTIES FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Legislation Responds To Tragically Similar Cases In Buffalo, Rochester Areas

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District), Chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4772) to increase penalties for those who commit vehicular manslaughter and have a history of serially driving under the influence.                                          

June 13, 2013
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Senator O'Brien Holds Drunk Drivers Accountable

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien’s bill requiring that individuals convicted of DWI pay for their medical transportation before their driver license could be reissued passed the New York State Senate.

“Individuals who break the law and drive while intoxicated put every other motorist in danger. When our emergency services personnel put themselves on the line to aid these impaired drivers, at a minimum they deserve a guarantee that they will be compensated,” Senator O’Brien said. “Insisting that these drivers pay the medical transportation expenses incurred as a result of their reckless actions is another way to deter this behavior and protect law-abiding drivers.”

June 12, 2013
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