Issues: Drunk Driving

Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help increase prosecution of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

May 30, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT DWI OFFENDERS FROM GETTING DRIVER’S LICENSES BACK WITHOUT FULFILLING SENTENCING OBLIGATIONS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to ensure that DWI offenders do not have their driver's license reinstated until they have completed all the terms of their sentencing.

     “Driving is a privilege, not a right. Convicted DWI offenders should not be able to have that privilege until they have paid their debt to society by completing all the terms and conditions of their sentence. This legislation would create another safeguard by requiring offenders to prove that they have fulfilled their court-ordered obligations,” said Senator Fuschillo.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE MANDATORY JAIL SENTENCES FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.

Current law does not require repeat DWI offenders to spend any time in jail. Right now, repeat DWI offenders face class E or D felony charges punishable by up to four or seven years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000 or $2,000-$10,000. However, judges have the discretion to sentence these offenders to only a fine or a fine and community service under the law.

The legislation (S750) would require drunk drivers with multiple DWI convictions to serve a jail sentence. Under the proposed law:

May 28, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Require Mandatory Jail Sentences for Repeat DWI Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.“Every year, thousands of convicted DWI offenders are arrested for driving drunk again, and they are not required to spend one day in jail under current law.  That sends the wrong message.

May 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Require Mandatory Jail Sentences For Repeat DWI Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.Current law does not require repeat DWI offenders to spend any time in jail. Right now, repeat DWI offenders face class E or D felony charges punishable by up to four or seven years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000 or $2,000-$10,000. However, judges have the discretion to sentence these offenders to only a fine or a fine and community service under the law.The legislation (S750) would require drunk drivers with multiple DWI convictions to serve a jail sentence.

May 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION REQUIRING MANDATORY JAIL SENTENCES FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsored to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders has been passed by the New York State Senate.

May 22, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fights to curb texting while driving

FAIRPORT AND EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with local residents and insurance representatives to promote safe driving through the “X the TXT” initiative, amid recent reports that texting while driving now causes more teen fatalities than drunk driving.

“As a father and a legislator, my top priority is keeping our children safe from harm,” Senator O’Brien said. “Texting while driving is one of the leading easily prevented causes of death among young people today. The ‘X the TXT’ program is a great way to educate our kids about the dangers of texting while driving and help them make good decisions when they’re on the road. I’m proud to support this life-saving initiative.”

May 19, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES VINCE’S LAW

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate recently passed “Vince’s Law,” which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions, reported State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady).

The bill (S.4267) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 7, 2013
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Senate Passes Vince's Law

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.

The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period.  Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes "Vince's Law" To Crack Down On Drivers Convicted of Multiple DWIs

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.

The bill (S.4267) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period.  Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 6, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION REQUIRING MANDATORY JAIL TIME FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee has approved legislation he sponsors to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.

     “Drunk driving is a choice, and choices have consequences. The consequence for choosing to repeatedly drive drunk should be that you go to jail, period. Mandatory jail sentences would create a stronger deterrent which would make DWI offenders think twice before getting behind the wheel drunk again and give law enforcement stronger tools to get repeat offenders off the road,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

April 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law

Bill would increase the use of ignition interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

“This bill strengthens Leandra’s Law, making roads safer for our families by helping to stop a convicted DWI offender from getting behind the wheel intoxicated again,” said Senator Jack M. Martins.

April 24, 2013
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LEGISLATION TO CLOSE LEGAL LOOPHOLE IN NEW YORK’S DUI LAWS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the Senate has approved legislation he sponsored to close a legal loophole which allows some intoxicated drivers to escape prosecution for DUI.

     Currently, individuals can only be charged with a DUI offense if they are intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or one of the drugs listed in the public health law. Those who ingest substances not listed in the law (such as inhaling an aerosol can) can escape being charged with DUI.

April 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law: Bill Would Increase The Use Of Ignition Interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 17, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 16, 2013
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF CONDITIONAL LICENSES

Proposed Law Would Require Court’s Consent Before DMV Could Grant a Conditional License

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to prevent individuals arrested for DWI from obtaining a conditional license without judicial approval. 

April 16, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

 

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The legislation would close an unintended legal loophole which is allowing convicted drunk drivers to escape the mandatory ignition interlock requirement under Leandra’s Law. 

April 16, 2013
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Senate Passes 'Alix's Law'

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M.

March 25, 2013
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SENATE PASSES ‘ALIX’S LAW’

Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.

The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

March 25, 2013
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ALIX’S LAW PASSES THROUGH SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Bill Named After Amherst Teen Would Close Dangerous Loophole In Hit-And-Run Accidents

ALBANY - The New York State Senate Transportation Committee passed “Alix’s Law” (S.1698A) today, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). The bill would close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident. 

March 19, 2013
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