Issues: Drunk Driving

FUSCHILLO BILL REQUIRING JUDICIAL APPROVAL OF CONDITIONAL LICENSES FOR DRUNK DRIVING DEFENDANTS PASSED BY SENATE

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the Senate has approved legislation he sponsored to stop those arrested for drunk driving from being approved for a conditional license to go back on the roads without a judge’s approval.   

May 3, 2011
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4/12/2011: Public Hearing on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Pictured are Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

NEW YORK STATE SENATE

Notice of Public Hearing

Committee on Alcoholism and Substance AbuseSenator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair

Senator Shirley L, Huntley, Ranker  Senator Neil D. BreslinSenator John J. BonacicSenator Roy J. McDonaldSenator Kemp Hannon

April 11, 2011
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Alcohol Flavored Drinks Targeted for Minors

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 12, 2011

**Press Release**

Alcohol Flavored Drinks Targeted for Minors

(D-Jamaica) On April 12, 2011 Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse participated in a hearing to explore high alcohol flavored malt beverages that are being proliferated and marketed towards minors.

April 11, 2011
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Abbagail's Law approved in Senate

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that legislation (S.164) he sponsors known as “Abbagail’s Law” was approved in the State Senate this afternoon by a vote of 56-1.

April 6, 2011
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Senate Aims to Strengthen Passenger/Highway Safety, Passes “Abigail’s Law”

Senator Adams: Bill Strengthens Penalties Against Intoxicated Supervising Drivers

(Brooklyn, NY) – Senator Eric Adams (D-20) has announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation aiming to increase safety for passengers and motorists across the state, by significantly strengthening the penalties against supervising drivers who are intoxicated at the time the vehicle their designee – often a teen driver – is in an accident.

Under this bill, supervising drivers under influence of alcohol and/or drugs may be charged with a class A misdemeanor or a class E felony in an aggravated case. Supervising drivers are defined as drivers supervising drivers with junior licenses and learner’s permits.

April 5, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Toughen Laws for Drinking Under the Influence

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

April 5, 2011
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Abbagail's Law

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 4, 2011Contact:  Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senate Aims to Strengthen Passenger/Highway Safety, Passes “Abbagail’s Law”

Bill Strengthens Penalties Against Intoxicated Supervising Drivers

April 3, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL CREATING FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

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

March 29, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, March 28, 2011 Room 123 Cap

March 28, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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The Capitol Pressroom

Senator Dilan will be appearing on today's Capitol Pressroom at 11:20.

Listen live

March 9, 2011
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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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