senate Bill S3022

Prohibits disruption of a funeral procession by making it illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to force his/her way into the line of said procession

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 07 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Apr / 2011
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 07 / Apr / 2011
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - WITHDRAWN
  • 12 / Apr / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.373
  • 13 / Apr / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.114
  • 24 / Jan / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Prohibits disruption of a funeral procession by making it illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to force his/her way into the line of said procession.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A958
Versions:
S3022
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1223-b, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: A1530, S3119C, A1530C
2007-2008: A10285, S8224, A10285

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BILL NUMBER:S3022

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the safety of
funeral processions

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Prohibits disruption of a funeral procession by making it illegal for
a driver of a motor vehicle to unreasonably interfere with the
orderly progression of the funeral procession. No funeral firm,
licensed or registered person, employee or agent will have to face
any liability for personal injury or damages if the person(s) acted
within the scope of his, her duties. Liability will not be limited if
any funeral firm, licensed or registered person, employee, or agent
act unlawfully.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This legislation amends Article 33 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law by
adding a new section 1223-B. This legislation would make it illegal
for a driver of a motor vehicle to enter the space of two vehicles
traveling single file in a funeral procession in a way that
unreasonably interferes with the procession.

JUSTIFICATION:
Not all citizens of this state have the honor of being assigned a
police escort during a funeral procession. This bill would help
maintain the dignity and respect that is due to all deceased citizens
of New York state and help protect the safety of those involved in a
funeral procession.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.3119 - Referred to Transportation; A.1530.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3022

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  HUNTLEY,  DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PERKINS -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Transportation

AN  ACT  to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the safety
  of funeral processions

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

  Section  1.  The  vehicle  and  traffic law is amended by adding a new
section 1223-b to read as follows:
  S 1223-B. FUNERAL PROCESSIONS. 1.   A DRIVER OF A  VEHICLE  SHALL  NOT
ENTER A LANE ON A PUBLIC HIGHWAY IN THE SPACE BETWEEN TWO VEHICLES TRAV-
ELING SINGLE FILE IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION IN A MANNER WHICH UNREASONABLY
INTERFERES  WITH  THE  ORDERLY  PROGRESSION  OF SUCH FUNERAL PROCESSION;
PROVIDED THAT THE DRIVERS OF SUCH VEHICLES IN  SUCH  FUNERAL  PROCESSION
SHALL  HAVE INDICATED THEIR STATUS AS MEMBERS OF A FUNERAL PROCESSION BY
TURNING ON THEIR HEADLIGHTS AND THEIR FLASHING HAZARD LIGHTS.
  2. A VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE  A  TRAFFIC
INFRACTION  AND  SHALL  BE  PUNISHABLE  BY  A  FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE
HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS.
  3. THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION  SHALL  NOT  ACT,
AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO ACT, AS DEFINING OR LIMITING THE STATUS OF
MEMBERS  OF  A  FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR ANY PURPOSE OR LAW OTHER THAN FOR
THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION.
  4. NO PROVISION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO IMPOSE ANY  LIABIL-
ITY  FOR  PERSONAL  INJURY OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM A VIOLATION OF THIS
SECTION UPON A FUNERAL FIRM OR ANY PERSON LICENSED OR REGISTERED  PURSU-
ANT TO THE ARTICLE THIRTY-FOUR OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, OR ANY EMPLOYEE
OR  AGENT  THEREOF,  WHEN SUCH FIRM, PERSON, EMPLOYEE OR AGENT IS ACTING
WITHIN THE SCOPE OF HIS, HER OR ITS DUTIES.
  5. NO PROVISION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO LIMIT THE LIABILITY
OF ANY FUNERAL FIRM OR ANY PERSON LICENSED  OR  REGISTERED  PURSUANT  TO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04972-01-1

S. 3022                             2

ARTICLE  THIRTY-FOUR  OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, OR ANY EMPLOYEE OR AGENT
THEREOF, PURSUANT TO ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW OR AT EQUITY.
  S 2. 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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