Yesterday the New York State Senate passed a bill which would make driving the wrong way on a New York roadway a felony. According to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, “This bill would help make sure law enforcement has the appropriate tools to prosecute and hold drivers accountable for reckless actions when they knowingly jeopardize public safety.”
The bill would create a new crime known as “aggravated reckless driving”. The statute would apply to:
- Drivers who drive the wrong way, against the flow of traffic, either knowingly or because they are intoxicated
- Drivers who drive more than 30 miles an hour over the speed limit while intoxicated or impaired
- Drivers who drive more than 30 miles an hour over the speed limit while racing, pursuing other vehicles, or excessively weaving in and out of traffic
Aggravated Reckless Driving would be classified as a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.
The bill must pass the assembly before it would become law.
Nassau County district Attorney Kathleen Rice stated that “this bill will help law enforcement make our roads safer and I strongly encourage the Assembly to pass it.”
Remember, this article is not intended as legal advice, and should not in any way be construed as such.