senate Bill S938

Requires the development of a program addressing the problem of wrong way drivers on New York interstate highways

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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1450
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Requires the commissioner of the department of transportation in consultation with the department of motor vehicles to develop a program addressing the problem of wrong way drivers on New York interstate highways.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4790
Versions:
S938
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง67, Hway L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8480

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BILL NUMBER:S938

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the highway law, in relation to requiring the development of a
program addressing the problem of wrong way drivers on New York
interstate highways

PURPOSE:
This legislation requires the New York State Department of
Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Motor
Vehicles, to develop a program to address the problem of wrong way
drivers in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The highway law is amended by adding a new
section 67 to require the New York State Department of
Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Motor
Vehicles, to develop a program to address the problem of wrong way
drivers in New York State within one year.

JUSTIFICATION:
Tragic incidents of wrong way driving our occurring at an alarming rate.
On July 5, 2010 at approximately 6 am, Huntington resident John Rey
was driving his Super Shuttle van, as he did responsibly for over 25
years, and was hit head-on on by a drunk driver on the Long Island
Expressway in Queens. The drunk driver entered the expressway going
the wrong direction. Mr. Rey was taken to New York Hospital in
Queens. After 16 days of a brutal fight for his life, he passed away
on July 22, 2010.

There have been too many unjust deaths that did not have to happen
if the wrong-way drivers were prevented from entering the highway the
wrong-way. This legislation requires the New York State Department of
Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Motor
Vehicles, to develop a program to address the problem of wrong way
drivers within one year.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.8480 of 2010

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   938

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. MARCELLINO, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transporta-
  tion

AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to requiring  the  develop-
  ment  of  a program addressing the problem of wrong way drivers on New
  York interstate highways

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

  Section  1.  The  highway law is amended by adding a new section 67 to
read as follows:
  S 67. WRONG WAY DRIVER PROGRAM. 1. WITHIN ONE YEAR  OF  THE  EFFECTIVE
DATE  OF  THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT  OF  MOTOR  VEHICLES,  DEVELOP  A  PROGRAM  TO
ADDRESS  THE  PROBLEM  OF WRONG WAY DRIVERS ON NEW YORK INTERSTATE HIGH-
WAYS.
  2. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL:
  A. INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE REASONS FOR THE PROBLEM OF WRONG  WAY  DRIVERS
ON NEW YORK INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS;
  B. ASSESS WHAT OTHER STATES HAVE DONE TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM;
  C. SET FORTH POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM; AND
  D.  IMPLEMENT  MEASURES  TO REDUCE THE PROBLEM OF WRONG WAY DRIVERS ON
NEW YORK INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04433-01-1

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