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Letter: Reckless Driving This Holiday Season

Nearly 5,000 teens will die in a car crash this year. We need to take reckless driving seriously and we need to bring this crucial issue to the forefront now.

It’s important for everyone to remember that when you drink and drive, text and drive, or participate in other reckless driving behavior, you are not only putting your own life at risk, but the lives of others. It only takes a split second of looking down to glance at your phone to crash into a person, car or another object in front of you, possibly causing a fatality.

The recent enactment of “Leandra’s Law” was a crucial step in educating the public on this issue and creating stiffer consequences for reckless drivers. The law mandates that a person caught driving while intoxicated with a child in the car will be sent to prison. Additionally, it requires the installation of ignition locks for any convicted drunk driver.

Nevertheless, laws can only deter, not prevent a person from deciding to text, drink, speed or become distracted while driving. These are all personal decisions we choose to make. Therefore, I ask everyone to please drive safely this holiday season and all year round.

Kemp Hannon
Senator, 6th Senate District - New York