Issues: Drunk Driving

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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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, ASSEMBLYMAN WEISENBERG, D.A. RICE & FATHER OF LEANDRA ROSADO CALL FOR STRONGER LEANDRA’S LAW

Legislation Would Help Stop Convicted Drunk Drivers from Avoiding Ignition Interlock Requirement

October 16, 2011
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Vigil To Be Held For Girl Who Inspired Tough Drunk Driving Law

NY1 -- A memorial vigil will take place Tuesday for Leandra Rosado, the 11-year-old girl whose death in a drunk driving crash in Manhattan inspired a tough state law.

Tuesday is the second anniversary of the crash on the West Side Highway that killed Leandra.

Shortly after her death, former Governor David Paterson signed Leandra's Law, making it a felony to drive under the influence with a child younger than 15 in the car.

Since the law went into effect, there have been 1,550 arrests in the state, including 150 in the city.

October 11, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Espaillat's Bill to Crackdown on Dangerous "Nutcracker" Alcoholic Drink

Today, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D – Bronx) applauded Governor Cuomo for signing an important law that will protect minors from a dangerous alcohol beverage sold in parts of New York City. The law, sponsored by Senator Espaillat and Assemblyman Castro in the legislature, will crack down on the selling of sugary, colorful, and strong alcoholic drinks, often known as the “nutcracker.”

August 19, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: YET ANOTHER WRONG WAY CRASH SHOWS WHY ASSEMBLY SHOULD APPROVE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

After yet another death caused by an alleged wrong-way driver, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) again called on the State Assembly to pass legislation he sponsors to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.  

July 27, 2011
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July 18, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT NEW TOOL TO CATCH SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVERS

           Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to better enable law enforcement to catch suspected drunk drivers. The legislation (S3768B) would help prevent drunk drivers from escaping prosecution for DWI crimes by allowing law enforcement to seek court orders to compel when suspected drunk drivers refuse to submit to chemical intoxication tests. 

June 23, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Cosponsored Legislation Imposing Jail Time On Multiple DWI Offenders: Measure Makes Incarceration Mandatory for Persons who Commit Second DWI Offense

Senator Owen H. Johnson cosponsored legislation that imposes mandatory jail time for individuals who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) passed the New York State Senate unanimously and is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.“Repeat DWI offenders are going to jail,” Senator Johnson said.  “ I have zero tolerance for those who repeatedly choose to put innocent lives at risk on our highways.  Our current DWI laws are weak, sometimes imposing a fine or allowing for community service.  Mandatory jail time would make DWI offenders think twice before driving drunk again.” Under the measure:

June 21, 2011
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Senate Increases Penalties for DWI Recidivists

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said  today that the Senate passed a measure on June 16 that imposes mandatory jail time for individuals who choose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

“It is critical to the safety of motorists that we do our best to ensure that those who endanger the lives of others are kept off the road,” said Senator LaValle.  “This measure will protect the public from drunk drivers by giving law enforcement additional tools to effectively prosecute recidivist drunk drivers.”

Under the measure:

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL REQUIRING MANDATORY JAIL TIME FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors requiring mandatory jail time for repeat DWI offenders. 

June 16, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Imposing Jail Time on Multiple DWI Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed a measure that would impose mandatory jail time for individuals who chose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R- Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

June 16, 2011
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