Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The New York State Senate passed a new drunk driving law inspired by a tragedy in Central New York. It’s called “Tiffany’s Bill,” named after Tiffany Heitkamp, of Syracuse.
Heitkamp was killed in an alcohol related boating accident back in 2006. The man operating the boat had a history of drunk driving, but he was only charged as a first time offender.
If signed into law, the bill would link all of a person’s drunk driving offenses, whether boating, off-roading, driving a car or snowmobiling.
The goal is to allow stricter punishment for repeat offenders.
The bill now moves to the State Assembly, where it has stalled several times before.