Should Wrong-Way Driving in NY State Be a Felony?

by emallernee | August 3rd, 2011

August 3, 2011

Following the second fatal accident involving a drunk driver who drove the wrong way on an interstate, one New York state legislator has introduced a bill that would make wrong-way driving a felony in New York State, whether the driver did so knowingly or while intoxicated.

Senator Charles Fuschillo wants the state assembly to pass his bill, citing more than 20 incidents of wrong-way driving in Long Island alone — one of these took the life on an off-duty officer last November.

“The current charge is only an unclassified misdemeanor which is absurd, our penalty in New York State must be stronger, it must be felony charge to serve as a greater deterrent for those who choose to recklessly drive the wrong way on parkways,” Fuschillo told 1010 WINS.

Most recently, a 26-year-old woman from Queens drove six miles in the wrong direction on Interstate 95 before hitting a New Jersey man’s car head-on. This fatal collision, which occurred two weeks ago, reminded many of the highly publicized Diane Schuler crash that took the lives of eight people on the Taconic State Parkway in July 2009.

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If you or someone you know were the victim of a New York auto accident, the New York accident lawyers at the Law Offices of William Mattar may be able to help you.