It appears the chairman of the Meeting Codes Committee, Joe Lentol, has extra sympathy for unlicensed drivers than for Kevin Flores, the 13-year-old bicycle owner allegedly killed by one.
The Brooklyn Democrat justified blocking a invoice to stiffen penalties for unlicensed drivers concerned in deadly accidents by saying: “You possibly can innocently kill any individual. Accidents occur.”
Huh? Somebody driving with a suspended license isn’t precisely harmless. Certainly, it’s an indication of recklessness, which makes accidents extra seemingly.
Philip Monfoletto’s license had been suspended 9 instances, on 5 completely different dates, when his oil truck reportedly hit Flores. Plus, he’d bragged about his lawlessness on Fb, “Catch me when you can.”
State legislation as-is doesn’t make it a felony until your license has been suspended on 10 completely different dates.
Lentol’s “resolution”: Have the legislation “punish the man who employed [Monfoletto] with out a license.” However what about rogue drivers who aren’t on the job once they kill or maim?
Extra, the assemblyman argues, “You must show somebody did one thing incorrect once they have been driving.”
Once more: Driving with a number of open suspensions is “one thing incorrect.”
The state Senate has repeatedly handed Sen. Mike Gianaris’ invoice to make it a Class D felony to kill or significantly injure somebody whereas driving with out a legitimate license. However Lentol gained’t even let it out of his committee within the Meeting.
Speaker Carl Heastie must order Lentol to cease blocking the invoice. In the event that they wish to toss in punishments for employers who wink at unlicensed driving, nice.They will name it “Kevin’s Regulation.”