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As summer approaches, millions of Americans will be hitting the road.  As we hop in our cars to celebrate with friends and family, we hope all travelers will arrive and return safely.  Yet, even as we buckle up and follow the rules of the interstate, one threat that cannot be prevented with the click of a safety belt is a staged accident.  According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, questionable claims from staged accidents have more than doubled since 2008.  Worse still, high density areas such as New York City continue to be hot spots for these irresponsible scams.

Always dedicated to making our streets safer for locals and travelers alike, Assemblymember David Weprin has recently introduced “Alice’s Bill,” a bill that would make the practice of staging auto accidents to defraud insurance companies a felony.  Although insurance fraud is a felony, the staging of accidents is not.  By fixing this oversight, Weprin is protecting future individuals like Alice Ross, the bill’s namesake, who lost her life in a staged accident gone tragically wrong.  Weprin is continuing his fight to make us safe.

 

Patrick Morrison
Friends of David Weprin

 

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