The New York State Senate has once again passed Alix's Law. The upper chamber voted unanimously in favor of the law, which makes leaving the scene of any accident illegal for drunk drivers, but approval by the Assembly is far from certain. This marks the fourth time that the bill has been passed by the Senate, but the measure has yet to reach the governor's desk.
The bill is named after Alix Rice, who was struck and killed in a 2011 drunk driving accident in the Town of Amherst. The 18-year-old was riding home on her skateboard when she was struck by motorist who was under the influence of alcohol at the time. The man left the scene of the accident, and he later told police that he was not aware that he had hit anybody. Prosecutors were unable to prove otherwise, and the man was subsequently acquitted of a felony leaving the scene charge.