Authorities say a 26-year-old Queens woman was drunk when she drove six miles the wrong way on Interstate 95 before slamming into another car, killing a New Jersey man.
Fuschillo said on Long Island alone, there have been over 20 incidents of wrong-way driving. Last November, an off-duty police officer was killed on the Northern State Parkway.
Toxicology reports showed Schuler was driving with a blood-alcohol level double the legal limit and that she’d been smoking marijuana. The accident is said to be the worst in Westchester in over 75 years.
Fuschillo’s bill would make wrong-way driving a felony, either knowingly or because of intoxication.
“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.
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