senate Bill S3598A

Adds a bicycle safety component to the pre-licensing drivers education course

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 28 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 18 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 18 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 3598A

Summary

Adds a bicycle and pedestrian safety component to the pre-licensing driver's education course.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3598
S3598A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง502, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8487

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BILL NUMBER:S3598A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to adding a bicycle
safety component to the pre-licensing driver's education course

PURPOSE:

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Paragraphs (b) and (d) of subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle
and traffic law are amended and a new paragraph (c-3) is added.

EXISTING LAW:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
VTL section 502 mandates that prospective drivers take a pre-licensing
course, and various subjects are covered during the session. However,
there has been a dramatic increase in the number of bicycles on the
road; some estimates put the number of riders at more than 200,000
daily. It is imperative that the regulations governing the licensing
of NY8 drivers reflect this fact. This legislation would specifically
require the pre-licensing course to cover bicycle safety, as well as
other non-motorized vehicles, and ensure future motorists are better
able to share the road.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.8487 - Held in Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 3598--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation  --  recom-
  mitted  to  the  Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to adding a
  bicycle safety  component  to  the  pre-licensing  driver's  education
  course

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) and  paragraphs  (b)  and
(d)  of  subdivision  4  of  section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law,
subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) as amended by chapter 458 of the  laws
of 2011 and paragraphs (b) and (d) as amended by chapter 585 of the laws
of  2002,  are  amended  and  a  new paragraph (c-3) is added to read as
follows:
  (i) Upon submission of an application  for  a  driver's  license,  the
applicant  shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit evidence
of passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic,  the
laws  relating to driving while ability is impaired and while intoxicat-
ed, under the overpowering influence of "Road Rage", or "Work Zone Safe-
ty" awareness as defined by the commissioner, the law relating to  exer-
cising  due  care  to avoid colliding with a parked, stopped or standing
authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle pursuant to section elev-
en hundred forty-four-a of this chapter, the ability to read and compre-
hend traffic signs and symbols, BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY  and  such
other  matters  as the commissioner may prescribe, and to satisfactorily
complete a course prescribed by the commissioner of not less  than  four
hours  and  not  more  than  five  hours, consisting of classroom driver
training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent thereof.  Such
test  shall  include  at  least  seven  written questions concerning the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07318-02-1

S. 3598--A                          2

effects of consumption of alcohol or drugs on the ability of a person to
operate a motor vehicle and the legal and financial consequences result-
ing from violations of section eleven hundred ninety-two of  this  chap-
ter, prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influ-
ence  of  alcohol  or drugs. Such test shall include one or more written
questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage" on the abil-
ity of a person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal  and  financial
consequences  resulting from assaulting, threatening or interfering with
the lawful conduct of another person legally  using  the  roadway.  Such
test  shall  include  one  or  more  questions  concerning the potential
dangers to persons and equipment resulting from the unsafe operation  of
a  motor vehicle in a work zone. Such test may include one or more ques-
tions concerning the law for exercising due care to avoid colliding with
a parked, stopped or standing authorized  emergency  vehicle  or  hazard
vehicle pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a of this chapter.
SUCH  TEST  SHALL  INCLUDE  ONE OR MORE QUESTIONS CONCERNING BICYCLE AND
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. Such test shall be administered by the  commissioner.
The  commissioner  shall cause the applicant to take a vision test and a
test for color blindness. Upon passage of the vision test, the  applica-
tion may be accepted and the application fee shall be payable.
  (b)  Upon successful completion of the requirements set forth in para-
graph (a) of this subdivision which shall include an  alcohol  and  drug
education component as described in paragraph (c) of this subdivision, a
"Road  Rage" awareness component as described in paragraph (c-1) of this
subdivision [and], a "Work Zone Safety" awareness component as described
in paragraph (c-2) of this subdivision, AND A  "BICYCLE  AND  PEDESTRIAN
SAFETY"  COMPONENT  AS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH (C-3) OF THIS SUBDIVISION,
the commissioner shall cause the applicant to take  a  road  test  in  a
representative  vehicle  of  a type prescribed by the commissioner which
shall be appropriate to the type of license  for  which  application  is
made,  except that the commissioner may waive the road test requirements
for certain classes of applicants. The commissioner shall have the power
to establish a program to allow persons  other  than  employees  of  the
department  to  conduct  road tests in representative vehicles when such
tests are required for applicants to obtain a class A, B or  C  license.
If  she chooses to do so, she shall set forth her reasons in writing and
conduct a public hearing on the matter. She shall only establish such  a
program after holding the public hearing.
  (C-3)  "BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY" COMPONENT. (I) THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL PROVIDE IN THE PRE-LICENSING COURSE, SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF
THIS SUBDIVISION, A MANDATORY COMPONENT IN "BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFE-
TY" EDUCATION AS A PREREQUISITE FOR OBTAINING A  LICENSE  TO  OPERATE  A
MOTOR  VEHICLE.  THE  PURPOSE OF THE COMPONENT IS TO EDUCATE PROSPECTIVE
LICENSEES ON THE POTENTIAL DANGERS TO PEDESTRIANS,  BICYCLISTS,  IN-LINE
SKATERS,  SCOOTER RIDERS, SKATEBOARDERS AND OTHER NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES
CREATED BY MOTOR VEHICLES.
  (II) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH A CURRICULUM  FOR  THE  "BICYCLE
AND  PEDESTRIAN SAFETY" COMPONENT WHICH SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED
TO:  SAFELY PASSING A CYCLIST ON THE ROAD, SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS  WHILE
DRIVING  IN URBAN AREAS, BICYCLE LANES AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED
TWO-A OF THIS CHAPTER AND OTHER ROADWAY DESIGNS  EMPLOYED  IN  NEW  YORK
STATE  FOR  THE  SAFETY  OF PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS, HOW TO NAVIGATE AN
INTERSECTION WITH PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS, EXITING  A  VEHICLE  WITHOUT
ENDANGERING PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS, THE REQUIREMENT THAT DRIVERS EXER-
CISE  DUE  CARE TO AVOID COLLISION WITH A BICYCLIST OR PEDESTRIAN ON THE
ROAD PURSUANT TO SECTION ELEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-SIX OF THIS CHAPTER.

S. 3598--A                          3

  (III) IN DEVELOPING SUCH CURRICULUM, THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  CONSULT
WITH  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION, THE NEW YORK
CITY COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION, AND BICYCLE  AND  PEDESTRIAN  ADVO-
CATES.
  (d) The commissioner shall make available for distribution upon regis-
tration  at  each location where the pre-licensing course will be given,
instructional handbooks outlining the content of the  entire  curriculum
of  the  pre-licensing  course  including the information required to be
included in the course pursuant to paragraphs (c),  (c-1)  [and],  (c-2)
AND  (C-3)  of this subdivision. The commissioner shall also provide for
the additional training of the instructors necessary for  the  competent
instruction  of the alcohol and drug education [and], "Road Rage" aware-
ness [and], "Work Zone Safety" awareness  AND  "BICYCLE  AND  PEDESTRIAN
SAFETY" subject matters of the pre-licensing course.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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