Nassau DA Kathleen Rice calls for tougher stance against drowsy drivers
MINEOLA - Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice is calling for stiffer penalties against drowsy drivers responsible for fatal crashes.
The urgency comes after a judge yesterday dismissed the negligent homicide charge against John Kaley, who admittedly fell asleep at the wheel of his truck and plowed into a Nassau police cruiser back in 2011. The officer inside, Michael Califano, was killed in the crash, which happened near exit 39 of the Long Island Expressway.
Rice wants a new statute known as aggravated reckless driving to be added to the list of possible charges.
AAA says drowsy driving has become an epidemic, with 80 percent of motorists surveyed indicating it's a threat. The agency also says that one in six fatal crashes in the United States is caused by sleepy drivers.