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NYS Senator Eric Adams Responds To Recent “hit And Run” Injuries And Deaths


Previous changes in NYS Penal law only address vehicular accidents that involve personal injury. Currently, a person found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident solely involving property damage is charged only with a traffic infraction. Senator Adams pointed out, however, that when a person strikes an occupied vehicle and flees the scene, he does not know whether he has caused any personal injury. It is important, therefore, that we inculcate the concept that every incident must be reported to the proper authorities.

In many parts of New York State, furthermore, vehicle owners do not have collision insurance on their own automobiles because this optional coverage is too costly. Property damage to these vehicles from hit-and-run accidents leaves innocent owners bearing the full cost of repairs.

Senator Adams states: “My bill will hold drivers who improperly leave the scene of an accident criminally responsible for their irresponsible behavior.”