Roxanne Drayton and Todd Drayton

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Lawmakers Seek To Increase Penalties For Theft Of Medical Equipment

December 18, 2018 - 3:48 pm

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Lawmakers on Long Island plan to introduce legislation to increase penalties for those convicted of crimes against the disabled.

Republican assembly members say stealing a person’s wheelchair, walker or oxygen tank will change their life. That’s why they’ve introduced “Todd’s Law,” named after Todd Drayton, whose customized wheelchair was stolen from his home in Coram last month.

The wheelchair was stored inside his mother’s vehicle when a theft made off with the SUV and the wheelchair. Drayton has cerebral palsy and Down syndrome and is unable to function without the use of his chair.

“I’m just happy that they’re doing something about it,” said mother Roxanne Drayton.

A local car dealership and medical company donated a new SUV and wheelchair to the family after learning about the theft, but Roxanne hopes new legislation will prevent other from having to live through the same trauma they went through.

“I’m really praying that this helps many disabled people in New York State,” she told WCBS 880.

The Bill will create a new statute that elevates the category of a crime when it involves theft of medical equipment.

The Long Island Republican Assembly Delegation will honor Generation Kia of Bohemia and H&J Medical Supply of Lindenhurst for their donations.