Traffic Safety Act of 2006 Can Provide Motorists with Needed Safety

February 14, 2006

Whether driving to Albany or around the 128th Assembly District, it seems I regularly observe remnants of accidents on New York’s roadways that could be prevented if more care and basic safety measures were followed.

The Assembly minority stands committed to making our communities safer and more secure for all of New York’s residents. New York has made tremendous strides in reducing violent crime in recent years, and the Assembly minority conference has been a leader in advocating and proposing legislation aimed at protecting everyone’s safety and security.

That’s why I’m proposing the Traffic Safety Act of 2006. This new enforcement tool would help make our roadways less dangerous. The Traffic Safety Act of 2006 is a part of the Assembly minority overall, comprehensive legislative package for the 2006 legislative session.

This bill would make our roads safer by increasing the criminal charge for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .18 or more to a Class E felony, a change that would carry with it more severe penalties. It would establish a tougher criminal penalty for negligent operation of a motor vehicle that endangers the public and results in someone’s death.

My measure also calls for an increase in penalties against chronic and excessive speeders, while making it illegal for individuals – other than authorized emergency services and law enforcement personnel – to utilize a mobile infrared transmitter (MIRT) to change the designation of a traffic signal light. The legislation also requires the state Department of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with State Police, to study the feasibility and reliability of MIRT-blocking technology.

We need to do more to make the roadways of New York safer for our families, our neighbors and our friends. This bill would be a significant step in the right direction of improving everyone’s safety on our state’s highways.