New Yorkers, especially those who live in New York City, are being victimized by auto insurance fraud, which industry groups say has reached crisis levels. Yesterday, insurance industry proponents of reforms were scheduled to voice their concern about the ongoing problem.

On March 23, the New York State Senate passed a bill (S1685-2011), sponsored by Sen. James Seward, which would make it a felony to intentionally cause a vehicle collision. The legislation, now on its way to the New York State Assembly for consideration, is designed to be a deterrent for the criminals who prey on innocent motorists in an effort to benefit from insurance fraud.

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