senate Bill S1064A
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Increases fines and penalties for passing a stopped school bus.
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Legislative Cycle:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Finance
- Law Section:
- Vehicle and Traffic Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §1174, V & T L; amd §§120.04-a & 125.10, Pen L
- Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S515A, S515A
2009-2010: S7388, S7388
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the
penal law, in relation to increasing fines and penalties for passing a
stopped school bus
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Provides for increased monetary penalties for passing a school bus and
applies criminal penalties to those who injure or kill a person while
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Subdivision C of Section 1174 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law
is amended as follows:
(i) increases the range of fines for passing a school bus for the
first time from a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $400 to a minimum
of $400 and a maximum of $750.
(ii) increases the range of fines for passing a school bus for the
second time from a minimum of $600 and a maximum of $750 to a minimum
of $950 and a maximum of $1150.
(iii) increases the range of fines for passing a school bus for the
third time within a three year period from a minimum of $750 and a
maximum of $1000 to a minimum of $1150 to a maximum of $1500.
(iv) requires that a person who injures someone while passing a school
bus be charged with aggravated vehicular assault and if a person is
killed in the incident requires a charge of criminally negligent
The National Highway Transportation Administration reports that each
year, an average of 11 passengers under the age of 19 die in school
bus accidents. Most of the most serious injuries and deaths occur when
children are hit by a school bus cr by passing motorists while getting
on or off the bus.
More than 25 children each year die in pedestrian accidents involving
school buses. In fact, three times as many children are killed in
school bus accidents while getting on or off the bus than while riding
Pedestrians account for more than 40 percent of school bus-related
fatalities. Many of these injuries occur when children are boarding or
exiting the school bus, due to the driver's "blind spot," which
extends approximately 10 feet around the bus.
These statistics clearly demonstrate the importance of strengthening
penalties against those who illegally pass a school bus, and
especially for those that injure another person while doing'so.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7388 of 2009-2010; Referred to Transportation
S.515A/A10755 of 2011-2012; Referred to Transportation
This act shall take effect immediately.
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