Assemblyman Edward Hennessey calls for tougher hit-and-run laws

A Long Island lawmaker is calling on the state Legislature to try to toughen penalties for people who flee the scene after causing a serious

A Long Island lawmaker is calling on the

A Long Island lawmaker is calling on the state Legislature to try to toughen penalties for people who flee the scene after causing a serious accident.

WOODBURY - A Long Island lawmaker is calling on the state Legislature to toughen penalties for people who flee the scene after causing a serious accident.

Suffolk Assemblyman Edward Hennessey says too many drunken drivers are fleeing after crashes, in order to avoid the more serious DWI penalties. He says a law to crack down on hit-and-runs just missed getting passed this legislative session because the Assembly and the Senate disagreed over some technical points.

Hennessey says a recent rash of hit-and-runs on Long Island show that tougher laws are needed now more than ever. "The penalties are just not strict enough to satisfy these victims who lost a loved one or friend," he says.

Hennessey says he hopes the bill can be passed by the end of the year, or he says he will re-file his own proposal next year.

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