Small town tragedy
Grandmother killed by illegal driver
- Duration 4:20
- Date Jul 12, 2012
Grandmother killed by illegal driver
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Are how about this 164.
Year old grandmother Sarah -- ago.
Was on her way to work when she was killed by -- illegal driver in June.
How could that happen -- Massachusetts does not require.
A driver's license or proof of legal residency to register a car -- you believe that.
Many states do that but my next guest is vowing.
To never let that happen again through -- an amendment which would increase the penalty for driving without a license joined now.
-- Massachusetts state senator Richard -- senator thank you for being with -- let's let's talk a little bit more about these two individuals the 64 year old grandmother Sarah.
On the -- -- and the spectrum.
Is this a really -- got 34 years old.
Serra the grandmother came from chi -- and became a naturalized citizen did at the right way.
This other person 34 years old.
Did not do what the right way came here legally but then didn't file I didn't -- continue her paperwork here and then stayed here and -- here illegally.
-- taking immigration issue out of it for just a second senator don't we have -- -- the penalty for driving without a license in this country.
Absolutely we've and that's what the intention of a bipartisan amendment that was incorporated in the state budget that's now on the governor's desk.
And intends to do -- we have increased the fine for -- really slap on the wrist right now.
About a hundred dollars and and the police -- my -- here and I think -- -- state.
Say that they are routinely pulling over people on a daily basis.
Who -- do not have a driver's license.
We also need to -- and included in this bipartisan.
Provision we do provide.
More requirements for registering the -- she should not have been able to do that.
And so we've provided diligence and in the legislation.
That you'd have to prove their legal residents here in -- Social Security number variety of different.
Provisions as well as.
We stiffen the penalties for falsifying those documents as well.
The the one.
Weakness that -- this came out of the conference committee on the budget which was.
And different than what both the house and senate haven't had adopted as amendments during the budget debate.
Was that we actually had 43 and subsequent offense of driving without a license the potential for jail time right now it's simply is up to 2000 dollars which is a bit.
About twenty times more severe than we've currently have -- but still not struck -- I'd like to see that stronger in the future but.
Right now -- the real question is whether the governor's vetoes those sections right he's told the immigrant advocates he's on their side and we're wondering I was on the people sort of what would -- it.
The amendments on on the governor's desk.
Why is it -- -- side.
He is ten days to sign it to -- the -- bill.
We -- the budget bill but he can -- sections.
And that's what our concern is that we know this is not.
This is the -- the tragedy was there is -- aero.
There's only one of -- number and in my own district in central Massachusetts.
We've in the last two years experience three motor vehicle homicides committed by illegal immigrants.
We had a a that your fellow who has the sole caregiver.
Primary -- -- disabled brother.
Was killed literature grassy he was killed by an illegal immigrant driver two years ago.
And then another -- another this individual was killed.
About a year ago and and last summer.
A a young college student just just graduated.
With a promising career in front of a master -- From Milford was killed and a horrible.
While accidents all litany of -- here so our organist yeah it's not it's an it's an -- epidemic it sure is it really needs to.
Out of it is the -- -- the police are trying to do their part but.
When the penalties and severe enough the the people keep coming back and we have been we've been bridging -- -- -- this -- they're cooperating with the governor has -- made that difficult for them as well.
All right well thanks for bringing it to our attention will stay on it here we'll see if the governor does sign that amendment.
A senator thanks so much for joining us from Newton mass this -- didn't a lot of snow does your state what does it take in your state register your car.
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