State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal are pushing to increase the penalties for people driving electric scooters, following a deadly crash at 64th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Actress Lisa Banes died this week after being hit by a scooter that then fled the scene on June 4, according to police. Under current laws, electric scooter drivers would incur different penalties than drivers if they commit a traffic violation that results in someone being injured.
“Under current law, the penalty for leaving the scene of an electric scooter crash without reporting it to police is a violation if the crash results in physical injury, or a B misdemeanor if the crash results in serious physical injury,” Hoylman and Rosenthal said in a release. “The penalty for leaving the scene of a car crash without reporting it to police is an A misdemeanor if the crash results in physical injury, or an E felony if the crash results in serious physical injury.”
Rosenthal said that there have been 588 crashes in the city involving electric scooters since the start of 2020, resulting in three deaths and 538 injuries.