senate Bill S2596A

Penalizes crimes of vehicular assault and vehicular manslaughter as felonies when committed while driving with a suspended or revoked license

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  • 26 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 08 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CODES
  • 08 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 2596A
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1208
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 08 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.705
  • 09 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 14 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Penalizes crimes of vehicular assault and vehicular manslaughter as felonies when such crimes are committed while driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3275A
Versions:
S2596
S2596A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง120.03 & 125.12, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: A2612, A2612
2007-2008: A2440, A2440

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BILL NUMBER:S2596A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to penalties for causing serious
injury or death while knowingly operating a motor vehicle with a revoked
or suspended license

PURPOSE:
To create two new felony crimes addressing those who cause such
serious physical injury or death by operation of a motor vehicle
while knowing or having reason to know that his or her license or
privilege of operating a motor vehicle is suspended or revoked.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 provides for the amending of Section 120.03 of the Penal
Law, to include the new crime of causing serious physical injury by
operation of a motor vehicle while knowing or having reason to know
that one's license or privilege of operating a motor vehicle is
suspended or revoked pursuant to provisions of five hundred ten of
the vehicle and Traffic Law, as vehicular assault in the second
degree, which is a class E felony.

Section 2 also provides for the amending of Section 125.12 of the
Penal Law, to include the new crime of causing the death of such
other person by operation of a motor vehicle while knowing or having
reason to know that his or her license or privilege of operating a
motor vehicle is suspended or revoked pursuant to provisions of
section five hundred ten of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, as vehicular
manslaughter in the second degree, which is a class D felony.

JUSTIFICATION:
Under current law any person who commits vehicular assault, or
vehicular manslaughter, while operating a motor vehicle while knowing
or having reason to know that his or her license or privilege of
operating a motor vehicle is
suspended or revoked, pursuant to provisions of section five hundred
ten of the vehicle and traffic law, may not face serious criminal
penalties.

The injuries and tragedies associated with serious vehicular accidents
may be ultimately preventable. An individual who operates a motor
vehicle while knowing or having reason to know that his or her
license or privilege of operating a motor vehicle is suspended or
revoked is making a conscious decision to disregard their suspension
or revocation, and by doing so, are potentially putting lives in
danger.

Individuals with suspended or revoked licenses should not be operating
motor vehicles. This bill will be a deterrent. Law enforcement must

be given the ability to prosecute such individuals to make our
roadways safer.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
01/25/05 Referred to Codes
01/04/06 Referred to Codes
01/17/07 Referred to Codes
02/09/08 Referred to Codes
2009/10: Referred to Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2596--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 26, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. FLANAGAN, ADDABBO, AVELLA, KRUEGER -- read twice and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Codes -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  penal law, in relation to penalties for causing
  serious injury or death while knowingly operating a motor vehicle with
  a revoked or suspended license

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Section 120.03 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 732
of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
S 120.03 Vehicular assault in the second degree.
  A person is guilty of vehicular assault in the second degree  when  he
or she causes serious physical injury to another person, and either:
  (1)  operates  a motor vehicle in violation of subdivision two, three,
four or four-a of section eleven hundred ninety-two of the  vehicle  and
traffic  law or operates a vessel or public vessel in violation of para-
graph (b), (c), (d) or (e) of subdivision two of section forty-nine-a of
the navigation law, and as a result of such intoxication  or  impairment
by  the use of a drug, or by the combined influence of drugs or of alco-
hol and any drug or drugs, operates such motor vehicle, vessel or public
vessel in a manner that causes such  serious  physical  injury  to  such
other person, or
  (2)  operates  a  motor  vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of
more than eighteen thousand pounds which contains flammable gas,  radio-
active  materials  or  explosives  in  violation  of  subdivision one of
section eleven hundred ninety-two of the vehicle and  traffic  law,  and
such  flammable gas, radioactive materials or explosives is the cause of
such serious physical injury, and as a result of such impairment by  the
use of alcohol, operates such motor vehicle in a manner that causes such
serious physical injury to such other person, or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02886-04-1

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  (3) operates a snowmobile in violation of paragraph (b), (c) or (d) of
subdivision  one  of section 25.24 of the parks, recreation and historic
preservation law or operates an all terrain vehicle as defined in  para-
graph (a) of subdivision one of section twenty-two hundred eighty-one of
the  vehicle and traffic law and in violation of subdivision two, three,
four, or four-a of section eleven hundred ninety-two of the vehicle  and
traffic  law,  and as a result of such intoxication or impairment by the
use of a drug, or by the combined influence of drugs or of  alcohol  and
any  drug or drugs, operates such snowmobile or all terrain vehicle in a
manner that causes such serious physical injury to such other person[.],
OR
  (4) CAUSES SUCH SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY BY OPERATION OF A MOTOR  VEHI-
CLE  WHILE  KNOWING  OR HAVING REASON TO KNOW THAT HIS OR HER LICENSE OR
PRIVILEGE OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED  PURSUANT
TO  PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND TWO-A OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TEN
AND SUBDIVISIONS ONE AND THREE OF SECTION  FIVE  HUNDRED  TEN-A  OF  THE
VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW.
  If  it  is  established  that the person operating such motor vehicle,
vessel, public vessel, snowmobile or all  terrain  vehicle  caused  such
serious  physical injury while unlawfully intoxicated or impaired by the
use of alcohol or a drug, then there shall be a  rebuttable  presumption
that, as a result of such intoxication or impairment by the use of alco-
hol  or  a drug, or by the combined influence of drugs or of alcohol and
any drug or drugs, such  person  operated  the  motor  vehicle,  vessel,
public vessel, snowmobile or all terrain vehicle in a manner that caused
such serious physical injury, as required by this section.
  Vehicular assault in the second degree is a class E felony.
  S 2. Section 125.12 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 732 of the
laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
S 125.12 Vehicular manslaughter in the second degree.
  A person is guilty of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree when
he or she causes the death of another person, and either:
  (1)  operates  a motor vehicle in violation of subdivision two, three,
four or four-a of section eleven hundred ninety-two of the  vehicle  and
traffic  law or operates a vessel or public vessel in violation of para-
graph (b), (c), (d) or (e) of subdivision two of section forty-nine-a of
the navigation law, and as a result of such intoxication  or  impairment
by  the use of a drug, or by the combined influence of drugs or of alco-
hol and any drug or drugs, operates such motor vehicle, vessel or public
vessel in a manner that causes the death of such other person, or
  (2) operates a motor vehicle with a gross  vehicle  weight  rating  of
more  than eighteen thousand pounds which contains flammable gas, radio-
active materials or  explosives  in  violation  of  subdivision  one  of
section  eleven  hundred  ninety-two of the vehicle and traffic law, and
such flammable gas, radioactive materials or explosives is the cause  of
such  death,  and  as a result of such impairment by the use of alcohol,
operates such motor vehicle in a manner that causes the  death  of  such
other person, or
  (3) operates a snowmobile in violation of paragraph (b), (c) or (d) of
subdivision  one  of section 25.24 of the parks, recreation and historic
preservation law or operates an all terrain vehicle as defined in  para-
graph (a) of subdivision one of section twenty-two hundred eighty-one of
the  vehicle  and  traffic  law  in violation of subdivision two, three,
four, or four-a of section eleven hundred ninety-two of the vehicle  and
traffic  law,  and as a result of such intoxication or impairment by the
use of a drug, or by the combined influence of drugs or of  alcohol  and

S. 2596--A                          3

any  drug or drugs, operates such snowmobile or all terrain vehicle in a
manner that causes the death of such other person[.], OR
  (4)  CAUSES  THE  DEATH  OF  SUCH OTHER PERSON BY OPERATION OF A MOTOR
VEHICLE WHILE KNOWING OR HAVING REASON TO KNOW THAT HIS OR  HER  LICENSE
OR PRIVILEGE OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED PURSU-
ANT  TO PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND TWO-A OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED
TEN AND SUBDIVISIONS ONE AND THREE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TEN-A OF  THE
VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW.
  If  it  is  established  that the person operating such motor vehicle,
vessel, public vessel, snowmobile or all  terrain  vehicle  caused  such
death  while unlawfully intoxicated or impaired by the use of alcohol or
a drug, then there shall be a rebuttable presumption that, as  a  result
of  such  intoxication or impairment by the use of alcohol or a drug, or
by the combined influence of drugs or of alcohol and any drug or  drugs,
such  person  operated the motor vehicle, vessel, public vessel, snowmo-
bile or all terrain vehicle in a  manner  that  caused  such  death,  as
required by this section.
  Vehicular manslaughter in the second degree is a class D felony.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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