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File #: Res 0147-2014    Version: * Name: Increasing the penalties for drivers who cause serious physical injury or death to another person while knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a license or with a revoked or suspended license. (A.8587/S.6386)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 3/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution in support of A.8587/S.6386, which would amend the New York State Penal Law by increasing the penalties for drivers who cause serious physical injury or death to another person while knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a license or with a revoked or suspended license.
Sponsors: Paul A. Vallone, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Vincent J. Gentile, Karen Koslowitz, Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Res. No. 147
 
 
Resolution in support of A.8587/S.6386, which would amend the New York State Penal Law by increasing the penalties for drivers who cause serious physical injury or death to another person while knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a license or with a revoked or suspended license.  
 
 
By Council Members Vallone, Crowley, Gentile, Koslowitz and Menchaca
 
       Whereas, Dangerous drivers whose reckless behavior results in serious physical injuries and fatalities are a serious concern in the nation, the State and New York City; and
            Whereas, Of particular concern are those offenders who continue to put the public at risk by driving without obtaining a license, or who have had their license suspended or revoked; and
      Whereas, According to the New York City Police Department's preliminary data, a total of 203,390 motor vehicle collisions occurred in New York City during 2013; and
      Whereas, In 2013, 286 people, including 168 pedestrians and 11 cyclists, were killed in traffic crashes in New York City, a 24 percent increase in pedestrians killed compared to 2012; and
Whereas, In New York City there were over 16,000 pedestrian and cyclist injuries in 2013 and more than 54,000 total traffic-related injuries; and
            Whereas, According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who have a suspended or revoked license are 3.7 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than are validly licensed drivers, while unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident; and
      Whereas, The New York Times reported that Angela Hurtado was killed on January 18, 2014 when she was struck by a vehicle as she crossed Grand Avenue in Queens, and the driver of that vehicle, Abel Tinoco, 28, was charged with a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license; and
      Whereas, In another reported motor vehicle accident that took place on December 31, 2013 in Flushing, Queens, a 24 year-old driver, whose license had been suspended nine times, crashed into a car, killing the driver, Annamarie Tromp; and  
Whereas, Current State law fails to sufficiently punish those drivers who are unlicensed  or who drive with suspended or revoked licenses and cause serious injury or death; and
Whereas, A.8587, sponsored by Assembly Member Margaret Markey, and companion bill, S.6386, sponsored by Senator Michael Gianaris, currently pending in the New York State Assembly and Senate, respectively, would protect New Yorkers from individuals who should not be on our roads; and
      Whereas, A.8587/S.6386 would amend the Penal Law by including, within the offense of vehicular assault in the second degree, those drivers who cause serious physical injury or death to another person while operating a motor vehicle, knowing or having reason to know that their privilege to drive was suspended or revoked, or that they are unlicensed; and
      Whereas, A driver convicted of vehicular assault in the second degree, a class E felony, would face a prison sentence of up to four years; and
      Whereas, It is imperative to help ensure the safety and well-being of those who use New York's roadways; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York supports A.8587/S.6386, which would amend the New York State Penal Law by increasing the penalties for drivers who cause serious physical injury or death to another person while knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a license or with a revoked or suspended license.  
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