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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New York: New Bill Cracks Down on Aggravated Reckless Driving

New York State just passed a new bill that classifies a new crime: aggravated reckless driving. Aggravated reckless driving is operating a vehicle that creates a great risk for others. This includes knowingly driving under the influence, or driving a dangerous amount of miles over the posted speed limit.

The new bill, (S.3452) sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins enhances the penalties for reckless driving. This is in response to a growing number of arrests that involve this type of careless, dangerous driving behavior. A driver engaging in driving behavior that creates a risk for others, knowingly or under the influence driving going against the flow of traffic, driving 30 or more miles over the speed limit while under the influence of alcohol or drugs while engaging in street racing activities and driving 30 or more miles over the posted speed limit while weaving in and out of traffic.

Aggravated reckless driving is currently rated a class E felony.

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