NY Senate Passes Bill Cracking Down on Hit-and-Run Drivers

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/07 2014 02:54PM

Updated 05/07 2014 02:57PM

ALBANY, N.Y.  - The New York Senate passed a bill Wednesday cracking down on hit-and-run drivers.

A press release says the bill increases the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when death, injury, or damage to property occurs. 

“Each day, it seems there is another reckless driver who injures or claims the life of an innocent victim and compounds that crime by leaving the scene of the accident,” Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) said. “These criminals show a blatant disregard for human life and this bill increases the penalties to reflect the seriousness of their actions. I urge the Assembly to act so we can make our streets safer and bring hit-and-run drivers to justice.”

Under the bill, a driver who flees from the scene of an accident where someone was killed would face a sentence of up to 15 years imprisonment. The penalties for repeat hit-and-run drivers who cause property damage or personal injury would face a Class D felony, up from a Class E felony. Penalties are also increased for drivers who leave the scene of an accident where damage occurred without stopping or reporting it.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

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