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November 20, 2023
Farmingdale, NY

Families in Farmingdale, NY Advocate for Stricter DWI Laws Amid Traffic Fatalities

In Farmingdale, New York, families who have lost loved ones to impaired driving incidents are calling for more stringent DWI laws. These families, united in grief, are advocating for changes in New York State's legislation to close a loophole that currently hinders the arrest of impaired drivers under certain circumstances.

Andrea and Timothy Carpenter, who tragically lost their 22-year-old son in a crash caused by a driver allegedly under the influence of fentanyl, shared their heart-wrenching story. They recounted the devastating moment they saw their son's wrecked vehicle, a stark reminder of the irreversible impact of impaired driving.

The Carpenters, along with other families, are pushing for a new bill that addresses a critical gap in the current drugged driving law. Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly highlighted the issue, explaining that under the existing law, an officer must be able to specify the drug causing impairment to make an arrest. However, the necessary drug test can only be conducted post-arrest, creating a paradoxical situation where impaired drivers may evade arrest if they refuse testing.

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney emphasized the challenge law enforcement faces in identifying the specific drug, especially with the emergence of rapidly evolving synthetic substances. The current law also requires the drug to be listed in the public health law to constitute a drugged driving violation, a list that struggles to keep up with the proliferation of new synthetic drugs.

Alisa McMorris, another grieving parent whose son was a victim of a DWI crash, stressed the urgency for New York State to update its laws. She pointed out that the current legal shortcomings hinder the collection of crucial evidence, denying justice to victims and their families.

The families are determined to see the bill passed and plan to visit Albany on January 9 to advocate for its enactment. Their goal is to ensure that the roads are safer and that those who drive under the influence face appropriate legal consequences.

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