Brooklyn Residents Urge Lawmakers to Hold Unlicensed Drivers Accountable

Unlicensed drivers are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road, however many argue that our court system isn’t doing enough to prevent unlicensed driving. Currently, drivers behind the wheel with a suspended license are issued a $450 for their first offense, $750 for their second, and $1,500 for their third.

So what’s the problem with minimal fines? Innocent people are being hurt and killed by unlicensed drivers. The Queens community is still mourning the death of a 13-year-old child who was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver in late January, 2018. The unlicensed driver was behind the wheel of Mac Tanker truck at the time of the crash. Although his license was suspended, and had been suspended seven times, his employers still allowed him to get behind the wheel.

“[Brooklyn Borough President Eric ] Adams and community leaders called for tougher criminal penalties for unlicensed drivers and the companies that employ them.

‘This was a senseless act that should not have happened and could have been prevented,’ Adams said as he as stood on the corner of Lewis and Jefferson Aves. in Bedford-Stuyvesant where the crash occurred.

‘And it is imperative that we look forward to solving and preventing these vehicle crashes when lives are lost (and) families are traumatized,’ he added.”-NY Daily News

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