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New York State Senate passes ‘Tiffany’s Bill’

Syracuse – The New York State Senate passed a new impaired driving law called the “Tiffany’s Bill” named after a Syracuse woman, Tiffany Heitkamp.

Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, sponsored the bill.

Back in 2006, 20-year-old Tiffany Heitkamp died in an accident while riding in a boat operated by an intoxicated friend.

This bill will increase the penalties for repeat offenders of drunk driving whether boating, driving a car, snowmobiling or off-roading. The main purpose of this bill is to make the punishments stricter for repeat offenders.

If signed into law, the bill will link convictions of operating a boat, automobile, snowmobile or ATV while intoxicated.

The bill now moves to the State Assembly; it was sent to the Assembly in 2011 also but the Assembly didn’t vote on it.