Senate Passes Bill That Would Increase Penalties For Leaving The Scene Of A Boating Accident

 

The New York State Senate today passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339) is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.
     
The bill would increase the penalty to an A misdemeanor for a first offense of leaving the scene of a boating accident when a person knows or should know there has been an injury to another person.  A second offense within five years of the first offense would be a felony.
 
The bill also would stiffen the penalties for the crime of leaving the scene of a boating accident, that resulted in property damage, without reporting it. 

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.