senate Bill S1511A

Prohibits the use of a hands-free mobile telephone by operators of motor vehicles who hold a learner's permit or a class DJ or MJ license

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.17
  • 04 / Feb / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 05 / Feb / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 06 / Mar / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 1511A
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.816
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Prohibits the use of hands-free mobile telephones by operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits or class DJ or class MJ licenses.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2723A
Versions:
S1511
S1511A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1225-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S948A, A9616
2009-2010: S604, S604

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BILL NUMBER:S1511A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to prohibiting the use of mobile telephones by operators of
motor vehicles who hold learner's permits

PURPOSE: This bill would prohibit the use of mobile telephones by
operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits or a class DJ
or MJ license.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends subdivision 3 and 4 of section 1225-c of
the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 69 of the laws of
2001 to prohibit the use of mobile telephones, even hands-free mobile
telephones, by operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits
or a class DJ or MJ license.

JUSTIFICATION: The National Transportation Safety Board reports that
young drivers make up just seven percent of the driving population,
but are involved in 15 percent of the fatal crashes.

Young and/or inexperienced drivers, holding only a learner's permit or
a class DJ or MJ license, are behind the wheel for one purpose, to
learn how to safely operate a vehicle. These drivers need their full
attention on the road and the task of becoming a responsible driver.

The Safety Board has long been concerned with the issues of distracted
driving and novice drivers. The Board recommended to all States to
prohibit holders of learner's permits from using wireless mobile
telephones while driving. This bill takes the necessary step of taking
this unnecessary distraction out of the hands of drivers possessing
only a learner's permit or a class DJ or MJ license.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3499 of 2005/2006; S.629 of 2007/2008; S.604 of
2009/10. S.948-A of 2011/12.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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

                                 1511--A
    Cal. No. 17

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. MARCELLINO, AVELLA, BOYLE -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Trans-
  portation  -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first
  and second report, ordered to a third  reading,  amended  and  ordered
  reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting
  the use of mobile telephones by operators of motor vehicles  who  hold
  learner's permits

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

  Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 1225-c of the  vehicle  and
traffic  law,  as added by chapter 69 of the laws of 2001, is amended to
read as follows:
  3. Subdivision two of this section shall not apply to (a) the use of a
mobile telephone for the sole purpose of communicating with any  of  the
following regarding an emergency situation: an emergency response opera-
tor;  a  hospital,  physician's  office  or  health clinic; an ambulance
company or corps; a fire department, district or company;  or  a  police
department, (b) any of the following persons while in the performance of
their  official duties: a police officer or peace officer; a member of a
fire department, district or company; or the operator of  an  authorized
emergency vehicle as defined in section one hundred one of this chapter,
or (c) the use of a hands-free mobile telephone, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT
THE  USE  OF  A  HANDS-FREE  MOBILE TELEPHONE SHALL BE PROHIBITED FOR AN
OPERATOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WHO IS A HOLDER OF A LEARNER'S PERMIT  OR  A
CLASS DJ OR CLASS MJ LICENSE.
  4.  A  violation  of  subdivision  two OR PARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBDIVISION
THREE of this section shall be a traffic infraction and shall be punish-
able by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03265-02-3

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