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Carlucci, Sheriff, Advocates Talk Danger Of Drunk Driving Ahead Of Holiday

Anastasia Karassik lost her daughter Larisa to a drunk driving accident
Anastasia Karassik lost her daughter Larisa to a drunk driving accident Photo Credit: Dylan Wrixon

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) joined advocates this afternoon to discuss the dangers of drinking and driving, how and what is being done to crack down on DWIs and the ‘100 deadliest days’ of summer highlighting the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

Senator Carlucci gave some startling statistics in regards to drunk driving fatalities and for these reasons he sponsored a bill called the “Repeat Offender Revocation Law.” Senator Carlucci’s bill would ensure that drivers with multiple offenses will not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle. This legislation, which passed the Senate, creates a permanent license revocation after three DWIs, three refusals to submit to a sobriety test, or for two DWIs where a physical injury has occurred.

Sheriff Louis Falco III is in full support of Senator Carlucci’s legislation. The Sheriff also went on to explain how there will be various checkpoints set up for this Fourth of July weekend.

Anastasia Karassik, an advocate, told the story of how her daughter was the victim of a drunk driver’s reckless choice to get behind the wheel after drinking. She was only 13 years old. Anastasia started the Larisa Karassik Foundation in honor of her daughter. Sally Borgman, MADD, Rockland County Chapter Leader, spoke on what MADD is doing to help prevent drinking.

“I experienced the worst tragedy no family should ever have to endure, the loss of a child. Our daughter Larisa's death will not be just another statistic,” said Karassik.

“Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the nation’s largest nonprofit and we are working to protect families from drunk driving, drugged driving and underage drinking. If we continue to work together, we can eliminate drunk driving,” said Sally Borgman, MADD, Rockland County Chapter Leader.

"Senator Carlucci’s legislation will help keep our roads safe. Studies continue to show that drunk drivers will keep re-offending," said Sheriff Falco, Rockland County Sheriff’s Department.

“The numbers of fatalities resulting from individuals drinking and driving are staggering. These deaths are easily preventable and we need to make people realize the serious dangers involved in drinking and driving,” said Senator Carlucci.

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