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Roads in Dutchess County have seen a number of accidents in recent weeks, including three fatal crashes. YNN's Michael Howard has more on what local lawmakers are doing to keep everyone safe.

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- There was a push on Tuesday for all students in Dutchess County to drive safely. The assembly at John Jay High School in Fishkill focused on all aspects of safe driving, including the effects of dangerous driving. The renewed push comes after several accidents in recent weeks.

“It’s been an extremely tough week and half for us here,” said John Waterson, Dutchess County Sheriff's Department.

In the last ten days, there have been three fatal crashes on Dutchess County roads. The most recent crash happened Monday in Red Hook.

“A motorcycle hit a car, the man was ejected and later died at the hospital so it’s been a very tragic week and a half here with 3 separate accidents just within the last 10 days,” says Waterson.

Lawmakers say they’re taking action in hopes of increasing jail time for vehicular homicides.

If stricter penalties were in place, the outcome may have been different in a dangerous driving accident. Ryan Floryan was fleeing from Poughkeepsie police, and ultimately hit and killed Shawn and Patricia Wonderly.

“If you kill one person you get a maximum of 15 years,” said Fishkill Assemblymen Kieran Lalor. “And if you kill two people, there’s a maximum of 30 years. Were trying to make sure every victim is given justice.”

Waterson added, “Stay off the cell phones, don’t text, pay attention to what you’re doing and most importantly slow down."

It is all part of the effort to keep everyone safe when you are on the road.

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