BY ARIEL HERANDNEZ
In an effort to protect schoolchildren and surrounding communities, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has introduced a bill that would hold reckless and negligent motorists who speed within the confines of a school zone responsible for their actions.
Under the bill, drivers convicted of two or more speeding violations in school zones during school hours over an 18 month period would have their licenses suspended for 60 days.
“Motor vehicle crashes is the leading cause of injury-related death for children between the ages of 5 and 14,” Peralta said. “The safety of our children is a top priority for me, and this bill is one more tool to protect them. This is all about saving lives and making our street safer for all of us.”
According to the New York City’s Department of Transportation, more than 1,000 children under age 17 were injured in traffic crashes, nine children were killed and more than 200 were injured in 2015.
The legislation would place penalties in line with current construction and work zone rules.
“The same way we protect the construction workers on our highways, we must also ensure that we protect the state’s schoolchildren,” Peralta said.
Peralta’s bill, which is sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), was passed earlier this week in the state Senate and is now waiting to be passed by the New York State Assembly.
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