senate Bill S1919

Increases the penalties for driving with a suspended or revoked license

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.21
  • 04 / Feb / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 05 / Feb / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Feb / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Feb / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Feb / 2013
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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  • 29 / Apr / 2014
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  • 30 / Apr / 2014
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  • 05 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / May / 2014
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Summary

Increases the penalties for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9584
Versions:
S1919
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง511, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1271A, A5533, S1271A
2009-2010: S6460, A10288A, S6460

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BILL NUMBER:S1919

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation
to increasing the penalties for driving with a suspended or revoked
license

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To stiffen the penalties for driving
with a suspended license in order to protect the safety of law abiding
drivers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill changes the penalties for
driving with a suspended license. For a violation in the third degree,
the penalty will be changed to a fine no less than $500 to no more than
$1000 and/or no more than 30 days in jail. For a violation in the second
degree, the penalty will change to a fine of no less than $1000 to no
more than $5000 and/or up to 160 days in jail. For a violation in the
first degree, the penalty will be one to four years in prison or one
year in prison under special circumstances.

JUSTIFICATION: Irresponsible drivers in New York state whose licenses
have been suspended or revoked are a danger to others when they operate
a vehicle. However, time and time again accidents resulting in the inju-
ry and death of innocent people are caused by those who do not obey the
law.Violators are not deterred by the consequences of driving without a
license. There have been several accidents across the state in the past
few years where dangerous drivers who have had their licenses suspended
have gotten behind the wheel of a car and caused injuries and fatali-
ties. The Legislature needs to send a clear and persuasive message by
increasing the penalties for driving with a suspended license which will
help deter those individuals. This legislation seeks to protect the
public from those who not only drive irresponsibly, but are not supposed
to be allowed on the road in the first place.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012 S. 1271-A Passed Senate

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1919

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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  increasing
  the penalties for driving with a suspended or revoked license

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1, paragraph (b)  of  subdivi-
sion  2 and paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 511 of the vehicle
and traffic law, paragraph (b) of subdivision 1  and  paragraph  (b)  of
subdivision  2  as  amended by chapter 607 of the laws of 1993 and para-
graph (b) of subdivision 3 as separately amended by chapters 786 and 892
of the laws of 1990, are amended to read as follows:
  (b) Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle  in  the  third
degree is a misdemeanor. When a person is convicted of this offense, the
sentence  of  the  court must be: (i) a fine of not less than [two] FIVE
hundred dollars nor more than [five hundred] ONE  THOUSAND  dollars;  or
(ii)  a term of imprisonment of not more than thirty days; or (iii) both
such fine and imprisonment.
  (b) Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in  the  second
degree  is a misdemeanor. When a person is convicted of this crime under
subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of this subdivision, the  sentence  of
the  court must be: (i) a fine of not less than [five hundred] ONE THOU-
SAND dollars[; and] NOR MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS; AND/OR  (ii)  a
term  of  imprisonment  not  to exceed one hundred eighty days; or (iii)
where appropriate a sentence of probation as provided in subdivision six
of this section; or (iv) a term of imprisonment  as  a  condition  of  a
sentence  of  probation as provided in the penal law and consistent with
this section. When a person is convicted of this  crime  under  subpara-
graph  (ii),  (iii)  or  (iv)  of paragraph (a) of this subdivision, the
sentence of the court must be: (i) a fine of not less than five  hundred

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04502-01-3

S. 1919                             2

dollars nor more than one thousand dollars; and (ii) a term of imprison-
ment  of not less than seven days nor more than one hundred eighty days,
or (iii) where appropriate a sentence of probation as provided in subdi-
vision  six  of this section; or (iv) a term of imprisonment as a condi-
tion of a sentence of  probation  as  provided  in  the  penal  law  and
consistent with this section.
  (b)  Aggravated  unlicensed  operation of a motor vehicle in the first
degree is a class E felony. When a person is convicted  of  this  crime,
the sentence of the court must be: (i) a fine in an amount not less than
[five  hundred]  ONE  THOUSAND dollars nor more than [five] TEN thousand
dollars; and (ii) a term of imprisonment [as provided in the penal law,]
NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR AND NOT TO EXCEED  FOUR  YEARS;  or  (iii)  where
appropriate and a term of imprisonment is not required by the penal law,
a  sentence of probation as provided in subdivision six of this section,
or (iv) a term of imprisonment as a condition of a sentence of probation
as provided in the penal law.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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