New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law Angelica’s Law, which will protect New Yorkers from both reckless and dangerous drivers. The law now decreases the number of prior license suspensions needed to qualify for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the 1st, which is a class E Felony.
“Public safety is my top priority, and I’m committed to doing everything possible to keep New Yorkers safe,” Governor Hochul said. “After Angelica Nappi tragically lost her life more than a decade ago, her family have channeled their pain into purpose to push for this legislation. I’m honored to stand with Angelica’s family as we sign this law and make our roads safer for all.”
Angelica’s Law is named after Angelica Nappi of Holbrook, who was only 14 years old in 2008 when she was struck and killed by a driver who didn’t have a valid driver’s license and had over five previous driver’s license suspensions. The law will help keep drivers who have prior suspensions off the road by applying the felony charge to drivers who operate vehicles without a valid license after having committed five or more moving violations that resulted in prior suspensions or revocations.