Issues: Drunk Driving

NY Daily News: Protecting kids from drunks

Voice of the People, January 10, 2011

Protecting kids from drunks

January 10, 2011
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Newsday: DWI deaths drop; impaired driving persists

January 3, 2011

by Will Van Sant

Drunken-driving deaths have dropped dramatically since the early 1980s across the nation and locally - the result of tougher law enforcement, safer cars and a less-tolerant public, experts say - but the problem of impaired motorists persists on car-reliant Long Island.

January 3, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: BE SMART, BE SAFE, AND DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE THIS NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is urging residents to be safe this New Year’s weekend by not drinking and driving.

December 30, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: LEANDRA’S LAW IS WORKING

Over 650 Arrests Since Law’s Enactment One Year Ago 

December 16, 2010
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LI Herald Editorial: State must upgrade DWI penalties

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Nassau County Police Department nabbed 87 drunken drivers –– count ’em, 87 –– during a stepped-up enforcement effort. In Suffolk County, police reported 60 arrests.

And these, we should note, were the people who got caught.

That means that over the holiday weekend, there were likely hundreds of people who were driving drunk on Long Island streets and highways, each perfectly capable of crashing his or her vehicle and killing an innocent person driving or standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.

December 13, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & D.A. RICE CALL FOR MANDATORY JAIL TIME FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice today announced a new legislative proposal to require mandatory jail time for those who repeatedly drink and drive. 

November 23, 2010
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August 12, 2010
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Newsday: No Ignition in Drunken Condition

By Sid Cassese & Will Van Sant

July 26, 2010

July 26, 2010
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NEW LAW CLOSES DWI LOOPHOLE

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Governor has signed a measure to close a loophole in the state’s DWI laws that has allowed drunk drivers to escape justice, even if an innocent person was killed.  “Jack Shea’s” law immediately permits certain medical personnel to draw blood at the request of a police officer, without a physician being present. 

July 14, 2010
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Governor Paterson Signs "Jack Shea" Bill to Combat Drunken Driving

July 12, 2010

Governor David A. Paterson today signed legislation that will immediately permit certified nurse practioners and advance emergency medical technicians to draw blood without direct physician supervision from motorists who are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

July 13, 2010
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Paterson signs legislation to close drunken-driving loophole

By Cara Matthews -- Ithaca Journal Albany Bureau

July 12, 2010 

ALBANY -- Gov. David Paterson signed legislation Monday that expands the list of medical professionals authorized to draw blood from alleged drunken drivers without physician supervision, closing a loophole that has allowed some intoxicated motorists to escape prosecution.

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July 13, 2010
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NBC News: Paterson to Sign Bill Closing DWI Loophole

New Yorkers will soon have one more reason to avoid driving while intoxicated, as Gov. David Paterson today is expected to sign a bill that will make it easier to convict drunk drivers.

July 12, 2010
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NY Daily News: New York State Tallies 248 Arrests Under Leandra's Law

BY Kenneth Lovett DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF  

July 12, 2010
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GOVERNOR SIGNS FUSCHILLO BILL CLOSING LOOPHOLE IN STATE’S DWI LAWS

New Law Prevents Drunk Drivers from Using Legal Technicality to Escape Justice           

July 12, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATISTICS SHOW LEANDRA’S LAW IS WORKING

248 Drunk Drivers Already Charged Under the New Law 

July 12, 2010
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Jack Shea Law Closing DWI Legal Loophole Wins Legislative Approval

Named in honor of 1932 Olympic Gold Medalist Jack Shea

 The Assembly today gave final legislative approval of legislation that would close a legal loophole in New York State’s DWI laws that has allowed drunk drivers to escape prosecution.  Assemblywomen Janet Duprey and Teresa Sayward and Senator Betty Little Little cosponsored the legislation, which has been a priority for the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York.

June 24, 2010
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BILL TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE IN STATE’S DWI LAWS PASSED BY STATE LEGISLATURE

Proposed Law Would Prevent Drunk Drivers from Using Loophole in State Law to Escape Justice

June 24, 2010
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Senator Foley Protects Public from Drunk Drivers

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) sponsored legislation (S5495) that would allow courts to be informed of past driving offenses when hearing cases involving drunk or impaired driving.

June 9, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS IN FIGHTING DRUNK DRIVING AT MADD-LONG ISLAND’S “WALK LIKE MADD” EVENT

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with thousands of volunteers at MADD-LI’s “Walk Like MADD” event to fight drunk driving.  

May 24, 2010
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