Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and State Sen. Charles Fuschillo were joined by Old Mill Road Elementary School students in Merrick, Long Island on Thursday to unveil a new sign advising drivers of the law.
The legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly applies to drivers with permits and probationary or junior licenses.
A state DOT task force will consider solutions to the problem next month.
Under the current law, drivers who talk on a cellphone while driving without a hands-free device face a $100 fine. That penalty would be bumped up to $150.
Distracted driving – talking or texting behind the wheel – can be deadly, as one girl knows all too well.
In about a month, the task force will put out a report on what needs to be done to help the residents. The lawmakers said that includes fighting insurance companies on behalf of homeowners.
“Christopher Mannino, you were my world. I was so lucky to have your children. I don’t have you now because a selfish careless person found it necessary to be intoxicated on the water and take your life,” Mannino’s widow said Thursday.
A couple of weeks ago, Grace Varley called 911 when he brother was choking on a chicken nugget, reported WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
Sen. Charles Fuschillo from Long Island is urging of the state Assembly to pass his bill that would make wrong-way driving a felony, either knowingly or because of intoxication.
On Tuesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino took State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Sen. Charles Fuschillo, the chairman of the transportation committee, on a tour of the aging Tappan Zee Bridge.
Legislation was passed Thursday by the New York State Senate. The bill is in response to tour bus crashes in New York and other states.