Issues: Drunk Driving

Four Key Votes To Get Dangerous Drivers Off the Road

The State Senate this week sent a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.    In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, we overwhelmingly approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets. ·    The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

January 25, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 25, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

January 24, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law in 2009. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION CREATING FELONY CHARGES FOR THOSE CAUGHT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE WITH A CONDITIONAL LICENSE

Legislation Would Close Legal Loophole Allowing These Drivers to Face Only a Traffic Infraction

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to close a loophole which allows someone arrested for DUI while driving with a conditional license to face only a traffic infraction.

January 24, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO HELP STOP DRUNK & DRUGGED DRIVERS FROM EVADING PROSECUTION PASSED BY SENATE

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation to prevent drunk or drugged drivers from evading prosecution has been passed by the New York State Senate.

        The legislation (S3768B) would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel when individuals suspected of DUI refuse to submit to chemical intoxication tests.

January 24, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL CYBER-BULLYING WEBCAST ON FEBRUARY 7TH

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be holding an informational webcast to help students and parents better confront the dangers of cyber-bullying.

        The webcast will held on Tuesday, February 7th from 7 to 7:30 pm. Both parents and students are invited to watch the webcast, which will be streamed live over the Internet, by visiting Senator Fuschillo’s website, Fuschillo.nysenate.gov.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.            “Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop.  Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C).  Senator Owen H. Johnson supported the new law.

Abbagail’s Law closes a big loophole by making it clear that ‘supervising drivers’ that are drunk will be held accountable for their irresponsible actions.  It’s simple to understand that if you are supervising a younger driver, you must be sober. Otherwise, the consequences can be tragic, like in the case of young Abbagail Buzard.

January 24, 2012
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ABBAGAIL’S LAW APPROVED IN SENATE

          Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that legislation (S.164C) he sponsors known as “Abbagail’s Law” was approved in the State Senate this afternoon by a vote of 45-1.   Abbagail’s Law would make it clear that any individual acting as a supervising driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. It also creates the crime of aggravated supervising a driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which shall be a Class E felony.  

January 24, 2012
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Newsday: Under bill, wrong-way DWI would be felony

 January 23, 2012 7:21 PM

By TED PHILLIPS

ALBANY -- Driving the wrong way on a public highway while drunk or impaired would be a felony under a bill that unanimously passed the Senate Monday. The legislation would create a new crime called aggravated reckless driving, a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), said there were more than 20 "wrong-way tragedies" on the Island last year.

"It has to stop," he said. The legislation is intended as a deterrent and to "punish those that put lives at risk," he said.

January 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.

“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 23, 2012
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‘ABBAGAIL’S LAW’ SEEKS TO CLOSE BIZARRE DRUNK DRIVING LOOPHOLE

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hailed the Senate’s passage of “Abbagail’s Law,” a measure she co-sponsored to close a bizarre legal loophole that lets drunk drivers hitch a ride in a car operated by someone with only a Learner’s Permit.

January 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

January 23, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO BILL TO CLOSE DUI LEGAL LOOPHOLE 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.

        Current law contains a loophole in which individuals can be charged with a DUI offense only if they are intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or by 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.

January 19, 2012
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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Dear Constituents:

It is December, and the Holidays are upon us yet again. While the end of the year is a festive time, full of celebration and cheer, it is still necessary for everyone to remain alert, especially as people travel near and far to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. For this reason, the month of December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

Every day, people put themselves and other motorists in danger on roadways when they drive after consuming alcohol or after using legal or illegal drugs. During this holiday season, we should all be observant in an effort to protect our families, friends, and neighbors from drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

December 1, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HONORED BY NEW YORK STATE STOP-DWI ASSOCIATION

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently honored by the New York State STOP-DWI Association. Senator Fuschillo received the group’s highest award, the William T. Smith award, which is given annually to an individual for his or her outstanding dedication and contribution to the STOP-DWI effort in New York State.

October 18, 2011
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Local Officials Push for More Strident DWI Laws- News 12 Long Island

News 12 story on Senator Fuschillo's proposal to strengthen Leandra's Law (Local Officials Push for More Strident DWI Laws, 10/16/11).

Click here to read more about how Senator Fuschilllo's proposal will strengthen Leandra's Law and make it harder for drunk drivers to get around the law's mandatory ignition interlock requirement.

October 17, 2011
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Newsday: Proposed bill would strengthen DWI law

Originally published: October 16, 2011 10:04 AM

Updated: October 16, 2011 8:37 PM

By MATTHEW CHAYES matthew.chayes@newsday.com

Convicted drunken drivers would have to fill out a sworn affidavit to transfer their car registration to someone else, under a law being proposed by two Long Island lawmakers.

The idea is to hinder drivers from simply switching their vehicles' registrations to someone else to avoid having to install court-ordered detectors that prevent cars from starting if alcohol is detected.

October 17, 2011
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Daily News: Leandra's new law: Convicted drunk drivers who don't install BAC car device may wear ankle monitor

BY Kenneth Lovett

DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

Sunday, October 16th 2011, 4:00 AM

ALBANY - Convicted drunk drivers who don't install breathalyzer-like devices in their cars might have to instead wear alcohol-detection anklets under a bill being unveiled this week, the Daily News has learned.

The bill would make it more difficult for those convicted of drunk driving to avoid having BAC monitors installed in their cars before they drive again.

Anyone claiming they no longer have a car in order to avoid having to install the device would be required to strap on an device similar to one Lindsay Lohan once sported.

October 17, 2011
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