Stop letting people get away with killing driving without license

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Update what's going on ,the man that hit my son and killed him is going to get tickets for speeding and get tickets for driving without a license he's not going to be charged for his death. he was going 61miles and hour when put the brakes on hit my son
by: patricia sawyer
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Tougher Penalties for Unlicensed Drivers Who Hurt and Kill People Now in Carl Heastie's Hands

A bill to make it a felony to cause injury or death while driving without a valid license has passed the State Senate. Assembly Speaker Heastie can get it to Governor Cuomo's desk.

By Brad Aaron
Jun 6, 2017
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Carl Heastie can help prevent crashes like the one that killed 8-year-old Noshat Nahian. Will he do it? Image: WNBC via Daily News
Carl Heastie can help prevent crashes like the one that killed 8-year-old Noshat Nahian. Will he do it? Image: WNBC via Daily News
For the second year in a row, the State Senate has passed legislation to elevate penalties for unlicensed drivers who injure and kill people. Now, it's up to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to ensure it reaches Governor Cuomo's desk.

Carl Heastie
Carl Heastie
The bill would make it a class E felony to cause serious injury or death while driving without a valid license, as long as the license was suspended or revoked for traffic offenses. State Senator Michael Gianaris has tried to push the bill through Albany for the past several years, in response to a number of deaths in his district.

In one of those crashes, truck driver Mauricio Osorio-Palominos killed 8-year-old Noshat Nahian on Northern Boulevard in Woodside. Osorio-Palominos was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation — a low-level misdemeanor that tends to be the default charge for killing someone while driving without a valid license in NYC.

For taking the life of a child while driving a semi truck through New York City without a valid drivers license, Osorio-Palominos, who had a history of traffic violations and license suspensions, faced a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. The outcome of the case is unknown, but defendants charged with aggravated unlicensed operation usually plead guilty and are sentenced to a fine with no jail time.

In some cases, police and district attorneys file no charges against unlicensed drivers who kill. Last October, an unlicensed driver backed over 8-month-old Navraj Raju as his mother pushed him in a stroller on an Astoria Boulevard sidewalk. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown declined to charge that driver with a crime.

Since the launch of NYC's Vision Zero initiative in 2014, motorists without valid licenses have killed at least 24 people walking and riding bikes, according to data tracked by Streetsblog.

The Assembly version of the Gianaris bill, sponsored by Queens rep Aravella Simotas, is currently in the codes committee, where it stalled in 2016. It has four co-sponsors.

"The law needs to be strengthened, not just to punish, but more importantly, to create a powerful deterrent to driving with a suspended or revoked license," Simotas told the Times Ledger. "Deterrence is absolutely critical to saving innocent lives because we know that as things stand now unlicensed drivers are still getting behind the wheel. I'm still hopeful we can get this done before the legislative session ends and send the message that unlicensed driving is a serious crime."

As the person in charge of the Assembly, Heastie, who represents the Bronx, can see to it that this bill gets to Cuomo if he chooses. We have a message in with Heastie's office asking if he supports it.

Filed Under: Carl Heastie, State Legislature, Unlicensed Driving

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Matt W.
New York
2 days ago
He was a close friend of a friend and this is not justice
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Ann L.
United Kingdom
3 days ago
Because a person been kill
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Lynn C.
New York
4 days ago
Roger was my nephew, he had his whole life ahead of him. The man who hit and killed him should be punished more than just tickets, HE KILLED A YOUNG MAN. HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL.
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Jane S.
New York
7 days ago
People ignoring the law and getting a slap on the hand
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Richard W.
New York
8 days ago
Roger was like a brother to me and the man that took him away from us should be charged like he was driving with a liscense like everyone else would be it was his fault and speeding
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Phyllis W.
New York
11 days ago
slap on the hand for taking someone's life, this is unexceptible
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Colleen Nichole K.
Virginia
12 days ago
 
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Dana F.
New Jersey
13 days ago
 
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janet h.
New York
13 days ago
 
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Jason D.
New York
13 days ago
 
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Timothy G.
Massachusetts
14 days ago
Roger was a friend of mine. This man should be charged for all of his crimes. He should be going to jail for murder.
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Ashley L.
New York
14 days ago
 
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Sharalene M.
New York
14 days ago
He was killed by a man that got away with driving without a license plus he was speeding. Not only that if he got away with it slot other people are gonna get away with it. It is a dirty shame.
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Brendan M.
New York
14 days ago
 
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Joshua A.
Oklahoma
14 days ago
 
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Chris B.
New York
15 days ago
The fact that he wasn’t charged with vehicular manslaughter is nonsense. Roger is my older cousin and was like a big brother to me.
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Jimmy t.
Alabama
15 days ago
 
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New York
15 days ago
 
Jean D.
South Carolina
15 days ago
Roger was a great person the man that hit him should have more than tickets
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Amy M.
Maryland
21 days ago
 
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Sarah M.
New York
24 days ago
 
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Kristy W.
New York
24 days ago
 
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harold c.
Minnesota
24 days ago
 
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Jodi E.
New York
24 days ago
 
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Linda V.
New York
25 days ago
People who loose their license have no excuse to drive for any reason.We need stiffer penalties for violators who break the law.Especially those who kill people going about their business.
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Nicholas L.
New York
25 days ago
 
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Ashley T.
New York
25 days ago
 
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Julia H.
New York
25 days ago
Roger was a friend from high school. No one deserves to die that way. The driver needs to be held accountable and tried for murder.
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Anita S.
South Carolina
25 days ago
Roger was my boyfriend & my best friend.He had his whole life in front of him until an irresponsible person took it all away The world lost a truly amazing person.There needs to be justice for roger.The laws put in place are unjust & unfair.This individual needs to pay the consequences for taking anothers life & not just fines to pay.Rogers life was worth more then fines.
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Heather D.
Maryland
25 days ago
Put thay guy in jail dont let hom walk guy hit me drunk no lic at all 3 rd dui an did ot again an he got killed so they do once they do again
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Amanda W.
Ontario
25 days ago
 
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Niccole S.
New York
a month ago
Roger was a great person. He didnt deserve to die.
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Carl C.
New York
a month ago
Roger was a great person always there for those in need this was a tragedy and it's not okay that the crime goes with out proper justice
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John C.
New York
a month ago
 
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Jennifer S.
New York
a month ago
 
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O’Asia W.
New York
a month ago
 
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Beatriz S.
California
a month ago
 
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Shitley H.
Delaware
a month ago
This is my cousin. Everybody should be held accoutable for taking a life. If there is circumstances beyond their control then dont be behind a wheeel. Take responsibilty cor your actions. This young man didnt deserve to die. Pay attention people!!! Than you
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Diana H.
United States Minor Outlying Islands
a month ago
Roger was my nephew
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Melissa S.
New York
a month ago
 
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Brian A.
New York
a month ago
 
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Nicole G.
New York
a month ago
A Innocent Man Was Killed Due To This. I Recently Was In A Accident With A Man Who Had No Liscense. Gives This Family Some Justice & Lock That Man Up.
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Andrew O.
New York
a month ago
 
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Robert B.
New York
a month ago
 
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Amanda A.
New York
a month ago
 
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New York
a month ago
Justice for Roger!!
Melisa w.
New York
a month ago
 
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Dawnn B.
New York
a month ago
I know this youngmna and his family also because of the circumstances I believe everyone shod sign it it's ok right
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Ann L.
United Kingdom
a month ago
 
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Richard G.
New York
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Nicholas W.
New York
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