Senate Bill Seeks to Increase New York Reckless Driving Penalties
The New York Senate announced that they have passed Senate Bill S. 3452 that will seek to increase the penalties for reckless driving and create a new crime of “aggravated reckless driving,” a class E felony. The sponsors say the bill will help make roads safer by strengthening penalties for reckless driving and creating a new crime of aggravated reckless driving.
New York motorists, including drivers in Binghamton, NY, should be aware of this new initiative. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), is designed to prevent car accidents from happening by allowing law enforcement to charge individuals with dangerous driving behavior, especially when incidents involve people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and drive on roads in the wrong direction.
The bill was initiated in response to recent car accidents caused by individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving the wrong-way on New York highways. Those tragic accidents involved wrong-way driving in Albany and the Hudson Valley, as well as in upstate New York cities, that claimed the lives of the drivers as well as innocent victims.
“Every driver has the responsibility to operate a vehicle in a safe and unimpaired manner for their own safety and the safety of others,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said. “This bill would help make sure law enforcement has the appropriate tools to prosecute and hold drivers accountable for reckless actions when they knowingly jeopardize public safety.”
This proposal creates a new section in the Vehicle and Traffic Law for aggravated reckless driving. Any of the following acts would be considered aggravated reckless driving: operating in a manner that creates a grave risk of death; knowingly or through intoxication driving against the flow of traffic; driving 30 or more miles per hour above the posted limit while intoxicated or impaired; driving 30 or more miles per hour above the posted limit while racing another vehicle; or driving 30 or more miles per hour above the posted limit and weaving in and out of traffic.
The Bill will now go to the State Assembly.
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