Bill would increase penalties for suspended drivers who injure, kill

A step forward was taken in Albany to crack down on dangerous motorists who drive with suspended or revoked licenses. The state Senate unanimously passed

The bill would increase the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony.

The bill would increase the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony. (5/28/15)

MEDFORD - A step forward was taken in Albany to crack down on dangerous motorists who drive with suspended or revoked licenses.

The state Senate unanimously passed the S4649A Suspended or Revoked Driving bill that would increase penalties for suspended drivers who injure or kill someone.

The bill would increase the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony. It would also hike the punishment from six months in jail to four to seven years in state prison.

"Driving is a privilege, it's not a right, and I think we would all agree that we have too many examples, too many tragedies," says state Sen. Jack Martins.

Martins says the state Assembly Transportation Committee, which has long been reluctant to increase prison penalties, has let similar bills die without a vote.  He says he hopes that the Assembly will take up the bill and "do the right thing."

The bill is still awaiting a vote in the state Assembly's Transportation Committee.  

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

1 Scholar Athlete: Lissette Palomo
The LGBT Network hosted a conference on bullying 2 LGBT Network hosts anti-bullying conference at SBU
Police say the 10-car crash happened on Route 3 9 injured in multi-vehicle crash in North Amityville
As News 12 reported, the Kmart in Middle 4 Lawmakers expected to vote on Middle Island plaza plans
Police say Jeffrey Rice, of Huntington Station, snuck 5 Man faces new charges in Thanksgiving home invasion

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE