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08-13 Elle's Law Signing FINAL

08-13 Elle's Law Signing FINAL



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Published by Celeste Katz
(Source: New York Daily News)
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Published by: Celeste Katz on Aug 16, 2010
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, August 16, 2010Contact: Sid Dinsay, (212) 981-5166;sid.dinsay@dkcnews.com
Governor Paterson Signs “Elle’s Law”
Signing comes less than two months after bill, sponsored by State Senator Dilanand Assemblyman Kellner, was unanimously passed by the NYS Legislature;“Elle’s Law” will strengthen penalties for injuring pedestrians while driving recklessly; law named for three-year-old Elle, who was struck by car driving wrong way on Manhattan street to get a parking spot 
– Governor David Paterson has signed “Elle’s Law,”which will strengthen state motor vehicle laws by hiking penalties for similar driving violations,helping to ensure pedestrian safety – and acting as a deterrent for reckless drivers. The signingcame less than two months after the New York State Legislature unanimously passed billssponsored by Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner (D-Manhattan) and State Senator MartinMalavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn).“Elle’s Law” is named after young Elle, who was struck down by a motorist driving backwardsdown a Manhattan street – just to get a parking spot. Elle continues to recover from massivehead trauma and significant brain damage; meanwhile, the driver was given a traffic summons,and nothing more. “Elle’s Law” will result in any driver injuring a pedestrian while drivingrecklessly having his or her license suspended for up to a year. (Current laws are already verystrict for reckless driving either under the influence or impaired by alcohol.)“I want to thank Governor Paterson for signing this important piece of legislation into law, andextend our gratitude toSpeaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Dilan, Assembly Member Kellner andthe members of the State Legislaturefor shepherding ‘Elle’s Law’ through the process,” saidHeather Vandenberghe, the mother of Elle. Themain goalof ‘Elle’s Law’has always been to  protect pedestrians of all agesacross New York Statefrom suffering the same fate as mydaughter. Elle’s Law will serve as a strong deterrent to motorists who might consider breakingtraffic laws, and as a result will make our streets safer.”“I’m proud to have co-sponsored this piece of legislation, which will protect pedestrians anddrivers alike,” said State Senator Dilan, who also serves as Chair of the Senate TransportationCommittee. “Elle’s Law sends a clear message that blatant disregard for traffic regulations canhave devastating consequences.”

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