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New Laws Crack Down On Drunk Driving And Bus Rider Safety

New Laws Crack Down On Drunk Driving And Bus Rider Safety
ALBANY---(WENY) Monday, the New York State Senate passed Tiffany's Law, requiring all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be a car, a snow mobile, or ATV, to be considered in the sentencing of a Boating While Intoxicated Conviction. In turn, any BWI conviction would be considered in any DWI, SWI, or ATV offense.

     The law is named after Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed in 2006 while riding on a boat with an intoxicated driver. The boat's driver already had prior DWI convictions, but was charged as a first offender because there was no link between the two offenses.

      Additionally, lawmakers passed bills that would prevent registered sex offenders from becoming bus drivers and increase penalties for passing stopped school busses. Drivers convicted of passing a stopped school bus more than twice within 10 years will have their license suspended for 60 days.