Hayley and Diego’s Law – Already Effective
New York – Hayley and Diego’s Law is already effective. District attorney all throughout New York can now charge motorists for “careless driving” whenever they injure pedestrians and cyclists because of negligence or carelessness.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2008, about 344 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in New York, which arose out of traffic crashes. A legal action, stronger than handing the perpetrator a ticket, is rarely taken, even when it is often very clear as to who was at fault, like when Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, were accidentally killed by a van that was left unattended by its driver. Despite that, the driver was not made to answer.
Hayley and Diego’s Law gives the district attorney’s office a better option in prosecuting negligent drivers. Before the law was made effective, careless driving on the streets was lying in a gray area of the law. According to prosecutors, charging a person for criminally negligent homicide is often difficult to prove, but this law made it easier to charge drivers who get to injure pedestrians and cyclists “while failing to exercise due care.” These drivers would be required to take driver’s ed, jailed for 15 days, sentenced to fines reaching $750, and their licenses could be suspended up to 6 months.
Now with Hayley and Diego’s Law in effect, pedestrians and cyclists could be safer from careless drivers.