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
April 25, 2011
Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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 establishing
visor communication cards for the deaf and hard of hearing
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 404-x to read as follows:
S 404-X. VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD FOR THE NEW YORK STATE DEAF AND
HARD OF HEARING. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL
HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
(A) "DEAF PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON WHO, BECAUSE OF HEARING LOSS,
IS NOT ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE SPEECH WHEN SPOKEN IN A NORMAL CONVERSA-
TIONAL TONE REGARDLESS OF THE USE OF AMPLIFICATION DEVICES; AND
(B) "HARD OF HEARING PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON WHO, BECAUSE OF
HEARING LOSS, HAS A DIMINISHED CAPACITY TO DISCRIMINATE SPEECH WHEN
SPOKEN IN A NORMAL CONVERSATIONAL TONE.
(C) "VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD" SHALL MEAN SUCH IDENTIFICATION AS
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT WHICH IDENTIFIES THE DRIVER AS DEAF OR HARD OF
HEARING, AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION, AND WHICH DETAILS THE APPROPRIATE
PROCEDURES FOR ASSISTING A DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING DRIVER DURING A TRAF-
FIC STOP AS PROMULGATED BY THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
2. ANY PERSON RESIDING IN THIS STATE, UPON REQUEST AND ACCOMPANIED BY
A DOCTOR'S STATEMENT INDICATING SUCH PERSON IS EITHER DEAF OR HARD OF
HEARING, SHALL BE ISSUED A VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD FOR THE DEAF AND
HARD OF HEARING OF A DESIGN APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. APPLICATION
FOR SUCH VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER
IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE.
3. A VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE
ISSUED UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY
SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ONE
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 4801 2
YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF
FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR SO MUCH THEREOF AS MAY BE AVAILABLE, SHALL BE
ALLOCATED FROM SUCH FUND TO THE DEPARTMENT TO OFFSET COSTS ASSOCIATED
WITH THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH VISOR COMMUNICATION CARDS.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or
before such effective date.