MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Newly proposed penalties in New York state target drivers who are not supposed to be behind the wheel, but drive anyway in hopes that they won’t be caught.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas wants the tougher penalties in the wake of the death of a young boy who was killed by a man allegedly driving with a suspended license.READ MORE: After More Than A Year, The Show Must Go On: More Broadway Shows Announce Plans To Resume Performances
“Today, we say enough,” Singas said.
Singas is calling on the state legislature to make driving with a suspended or revoked license and killing someone with your car a D felony, punishable with up to seven years in prison. Driving with a suspended or revoked license and seriously injuring someone would be an E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.
Currently, those drivers face an unclassified misdemeanor charge with a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail.