senate Bill S389A

Prohibits the use of hand-held communication devices while operating a vehicle on a public highway

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 26 / Feb / 2009
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 26 / Feb / 2009
    • PRINT NUMBER 389A
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Prohibits the use of hand-held communication devices while operating a vehicle on a public highway.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1028A
Versions:
S389
S389A
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1225-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2007-2008 Legislative Cycle:
S580, A6635

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S389A

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to use of
hand-held communication devices while operating a motor vehicle


PURPOSE :
This act would prohibit the use of hand-held communication devices
while operating a motor vehicle.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1225-c of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding
handheld communication devices among those devices prohibited from use
while operating a motor vehicle.

JUSTIFICATION :
Typing on a hand held communication device, an act more commonly known
as text messaging, has recently topped the list of most dangerous
driver distractions, Text messaging is being considered more dangerous
than talking on cell phones and often times just as hazardous as
driving under the influence. 'Texting' takes an individual's eyes and
mind off the road, as well as their hands off the steering wheel while
operating a motor vehicle. Earlier this year in Kentucky, an 18 year
old driver told police that he took his eyes off the road to type a
text message when he struck and killed a two year old boy. States
such as California have recognized this problem and recently signed
similar legislation into law. This manual means of communication must
be prohibited in order to ensure the safety of New York's drivers and
pedestrians.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007/2008 - S.580/A.6635 Remained in the Senate/Assembly Committee on
Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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