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NY Senate Votes To Outlaw Leaving Youngsters Alone In Cars

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New York state would make it illegal to leave a child younger than 8 in a vehicle alone, under legislation that has won passage in the state Senate.

The Senate voted in favor of the bill on Monday. It now moves to the Assembly for consideration.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Jack Martins of Long Island, says cars should never be used as "baby sitters" and that leaving a young child in a car alone can lead to 'tragedy" when temperatures are too hot or cold.

First-time violations would be punished by a fine of up to $50. Second and third violations within 18 months would carry fines of up to $100 and $250, respectively.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.