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