Assemblyman Weisenberg Receives AAA Award for Traffic Safety

October 26, 2011
Yesterday at the Community Traffic Safety Awards Luncheon in East Meadow, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) received AAA New York’s 2011 Traffic Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement in Traffic Safety for an individual. Given annually, the award recognizes those who show an exceptional effort to improve the conditions of New York roads.

“I am honored that AAA New York chose me for their individual achievement award this year,” said Weisenberg. “Traffic safety has been a priority of mine since my days as a Long Beach police officer and I am proud to see the laws I authored making a real difference.”

Recently, Weisenberg authored:

  • Jack Shea’s Law, removing a barrier blocking blood tests of alcohol levels in DWI cases (Ch. 169 of 2010);
  • Leandra’s Law, making it a Class E felony to operate a vehicle while intoxicated with a child as a passenger and requiring all individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor and felony DWI offenses to install and maintain an ignition-interlock device, resulting in 1,550 arrests and over 700 convictions statewide (Ch. 496 of 2009);
  • Katie’s Law, adding aggravated vehicular assault and vehicular homicide to the penal code (Ch. 345 of 2007); and
  • Christopher’s Law, closing a loophole in the penal code that made fleeing the scene of an accident a lesser charge than driving while intoxicated (Ch. 49 of 2005).

This year, Weisenberg sponsored legislation that would place a video camera on school busses to capture motorist violations (A.4416).

The town of Hempstead also received a Silver Award at the AAA luncheon for its strong programs and projects addressing local traffic safety issues.

It is the second award this month for Weisenberg, after he received the New York State STOP-DWI Coordinators’ Association’s top honor, the Senator William T. Smith Award, at the Highway Safety Symposium on Oct. 17.