senate Bill S3300

Prohibits the use of digital license plate frames

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 15 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 12 / Apr / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.374
  • 13 / Apr / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 22 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 22 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 22 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1231
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Prohibits the use of digital license plate frames which are capable of producing still or scrolling texts or images.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2068
Versions:
S3300
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง397-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
A10703, S7995, A10703

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3300

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting the use
of digital license plate frames

PURPOSE OF BILL:
To eliminate a potentially dangerous distraction while driving, this
bill seeks to prohibit the use of digital license plate frames.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This legislation adds a new section 397-C to the vehicle
and traffic law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Digital license plate frames come in a variety of types and styles,
yet share several common features. Generally, these frames are
designed to display scrolling or flashing messages programmed through
a remote control. The most common design uses Light Emitting Diodes
(LEDs) to display the selected message near the license plate.

Depending on the type, the driver may be able to program their digital
frame from within the vehicle while driving. Just as with the use of
mobile phones while driving, programming digital license plate frames
while operating a motor vehicle presents a hazard to everybody on the
road. Regardless of the type, digital license plate frames distract
other motorists from driving.

Prohibiting the use of these frames will eliminate one of the many
sources of driver distraction, making our roads safer.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.7995 - Referred to Transportation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it becomes a
law.

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

                                  3300

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 15, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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  prohibiting
  the use of digital license plate frames

  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 397-c to read as follows:
  S  397-C.  DIGITAL  LICENSE  PLATE  FRAMES  PROHIBITED.  1. NO DIGITAL
LICENSE PLATE FRAME SHALL BE USED IN ANY MOTOR VEHICLE. THE PRESENCE  ON
SUCH  VEHICLE  OF  A  DIGITAL  LICENSE  PLATE FRAME CONNECTED TO A POWER
SOURCE AND IN AN OPERABLE CONDITION IS PRESUMPTIVE EVIDENCE OF  ITS  USE
BY ANY PERSON OPERATING SUCH VEHICLE. SUCH PRESUMPTION SHALL BE REBUTTED
BY  ANY  CREDIBLE  AND  RELIABLE  EVIDENCE WHICH TENDS TO SHOW THAT SUCH
DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME WAS NOT IN USE.
  2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS  SECTION  THE  TERM,  "DIGITAL  LICENSE  PLATE
FRAME"  SHALL  MEAN ANY DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
STILL OR SCROLLING IMAGES OR TEXTS.
  3. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS  AUTHORIZ-
ING  THE  SEIZURE OR FORFEITURE OF A DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME, UNLESS
OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW.
  4. A VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION  SHALL  CONSTITUTE  A
TRAFFIC INFRACTION PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF SIXTY-FIVE DOLLARS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04348-01-1

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