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Lawmaker wants tougher penalties for drivers with suspended licenses

Created: 12/23/2013 7:49 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

A child's death in a traffic accident has led to calls for tougher penalties for driving with a suspended license in New York.
    
State Sen. Michael Gianaris, of Queens, told the New York Post he is introducing a bill Monday that would allow prosecutors to file felony charges against drivers who kill or seriously hurt someone while driving with a suspended license.
    
Right now it is a misdemeanor.
    
The move follows the death of an 8-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck on Friday as he walked to school.
    
Officials said the driver's license to operate the vehicle as in good-standing in New jersey, but had been suspended in New York.



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