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Source: Golden's office

The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in approving legislation (S.4740C), that would require certain drivers convicted of drunk driving to take a motor vehicle accident prevention course.

The bill requires drivers convicted of a drunk driving offense to take the motor vehicle accident prevention course if they have previously been convicted of drunk driving, or refuse to take a chemical test, or have accumulated more than six points on their license.

Senator Golden stated, “Programs for drunk driver rehabilitation have proven very effective in reducing the number of instances of drunk driving. This added component to the DWI or DUID penalty will help to educate and to deter our most dangerous traffic violators from repeating their crimes. I urge the State Assembly to pass this bill for it will help to improve the safety of the roadways of New York and the lives of all motorists and pedestrians.”

This new legislation also mandates that a person who takes the Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course as a condition of sentencing may not use the course as a means to have license points reduced.  To obtain the benefit of a point reduction, an offender may repeat the course.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

bill brown sq no parking car parked bus

The Bill Brown Square traffic triangle, located at the corner where East 17th Street turns into Sheepshead Bay Road, is clearly indicated as a one way street with signs indicating “No Parking Anytime”.

Still, it is not uncommon to see cars parked there and inhibiting traffic. This green sedan was seen last Friday at the intersection with no driver at the steering wheel, windows locked, and no blinking lights on. One block away on Jerome Avenue and East 18th Street, there was a ticket agent issuing violations to frustrated drivers arriving a minute too late from doing their errands at the bank and post office.

When alerted to the dangerous situation created by the car illegally parked at the narrow turn, the ticket agent said, “Yeah, I’ll be going over there, soon.” Meanwhile, back at the spot in front of Merin Corsettiere (1629 Jerome Avenue), a bus driver was blowing the horn to get the driver to move the car to make some room — to no avail.

While it may be obvious to most that parking on this corner is just not safe, there are others who just don’t seem to get that message or read the signs. The city may need to rethink the type of sign so that there is no question that even standing or stopping at the corner could very well cause a smashup.

bill brown sq car parked 2009