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SENATOR LAVALLE ANNOUNCES ENACTMENT OF LEANDRA’S LAW

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SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE IN DWI LAWS

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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. 

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Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.

“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.

The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.

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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:

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