NYS Senators pass DWI Ambulance bill

Posted at: 06/24/2013 5:50 PM
Updated at: 06/24/2013 8:14 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

It would mean a harsher punishment for people convicted of DWI. That's how some state senators are describing a bill that passed unanimously right before the legislative session ended Friday. They see it as a way of forcing those people to pay a bill that sometimes they're skipping out on.
The bill would require someone convicted of DWI to pay for their own ambulance costs before getting their license back. Typically, if you are convicted of your first DWI, you lose your license for six months. They would have to present proof the bill was paid. Right now, the way the bill is written, they wouldn't be responsible for anyone else's bill.
Lawmakers say the thought is to hold DWI convicts more responsible for their own actions.
 News10NBC talked with Senator Ted O'Brien Monday afternoon to talk to him about the legislation.

Senator Ted O'Brien said, “That's important because what we've found is often times the EMT's are out doing their work. They assist someone, who as a result of their own actions, hurt themselves. We need to be tougher on people who are driving while intoxicated, hurt themselves and then aren't stepping up and aren't being responsible for charges they incurred as a result of that action.”

The bill did not make it to the Assembly to be voted on before the session ended, so it will be re-introduced next session and voted on again in the Senate and then go up for a vote in the Assembly before becoming law.