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NY State Senate passes new drunk driving bill

The New York State Senate passed a new drunk driving law inspired by a local tragedy. It’s called “Tiffany’s Bill,” named after Tiffany Heitkamp, of Syracuse.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The New York State Senate passed a new drunk driving law inspired by a local tragedy. It’s called “Tiffany’s Bill,” named after Tiffany Heitkamp, of Syracuse.

Heitkamp was killed in an alcohol related boating accident back in 2006. The man operating the boat had a history of drunk driving, but he was only charged as a first time offender.

If signed into law, the bill would link all of a person’s drunk driving offenses, whether boating, off-roading, driving a car or snowmobiling.

The goal is to allow stricter punishment for repeat offenders.

The bill now moves to the State Assembly, where it has stalled several times before.

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