Since last summer’s wrong-way crash on the Taconic State Parkway that claimed eight lives, New York state has taken key legislative steps to combat the seeming epidemic of drunken driving. Tuesday, state and law enforcement officials detailed another tool for protecting our roadways — mandatory ignition locks for all convicted of drunken driving.
With every measure taken to stop the 300-plus deaths caused by drunk drivers on New York roadways each year, there is still the acknowledgment that the problem remains unsolved.
In an Editorial Spotlight at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, we will discuss DWI prevention a year after Diane Schuler drove drunk and high the wrong way on the Taconic, killing three Yonkers men, her daughter, her nieces and herself. We’ll discuss what’s changed, and what hasn’t, on our roadways. Our panelists include:
• Joan Bonsignore, executive director of the Westchester chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
• Sheila Abrams of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers/Westchester chapter.
• Rockland County Court Judge Charles Apotheker, who presides over Rockland County Drug Court, which includes DWI offenders.
To view the live discussion, go to www.lohud.com/editorialspotlight; if you have a question, engage the CoverItLive blogging feature on the right side of your screen.
To watch the interview later, go to www.lohud.com/editorialspotlight and click “On Demand.”