senate Bill S2113

Establishes a motorcycle safety awareness component as a requirement for licensing

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  • 11 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1089
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.648
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Establishes a motorcycle safety awareness component as a requirement for licensing.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9083
Versions:
S2113
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง502, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7138

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2113

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to requirements for licensing

PURPOSE: To require motorcycle safety and awareness be part of the
mandatory pre-licensing course and testing required of new drivers, in
order to educate such drivers as to the potential dangers to persons
operating motorcycles on our roads.

SUMMARY:

Section 1 adds a new paragraph c-3 to subdivision 4 of section 502 of
the vehicle and traffic law to add a motorcycle safety and awareness
component to the mandatory five hour pre-licensing class required of
all new drivers.

Section 2 also amends section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law to
add motorcycle safety awareness questions to the written test required
to be passed by new drivers in the state.

Section 3 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Motorcycle crashes often occur because of the failure
of other drivers' awareness of motorcycle traffic on the road.
Including motorcycle safety and awareness as components of the
pre-licensing education and testing of new drivers will help to
prevent motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by drivers
who share the road with motorcycle traffic.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S7138 of 2012 - passed Senate

FISCAL IMPACT: None. The pre-licensing course and written test are
already in place.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  2113

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 requirements
  for licensing

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law
is amended by adding a new paragraph (c-3) to read as follows:
  (C-3)  "MOTORCYCLE SAFETY" AWARENESS COMPONENT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
PROVIDE IN THE PRE-LICENSING COURSE, SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF  THIS
SUBDIVISION,  A  MANDATORY  COMPONENT  IN  "MOTORCYCLE SAFETY" AWARENESS
EDUCATION AS A PREREQUISITE FOR OBTAINING A LICENSE TO OPERATE  A  MOTOR
VEHICLE.  THE  PURPOSE OF THE COMPONENT IS TO EDUCATE PROSPECTIVE LICEN-
SEES ON THE POTENTIAL DANGERS TO PERSONS OPERATING  MOTORCYCLES  ON  THE
ROADWAY.
  S 2. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 502
of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 458 of the laws of
2011, is amended to read as follows:
  (i)  Upon  submission  of  an  application for a driver's license, the
applicant shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit  evidence
of  passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic, the
laws relating to driving while ability is impaired and while  intoxicat-
ed,  under  the  overpowering  influence of "Road Rage", [or] "Work Zone
Safety" awareness AND "MOTORCYCLE SAFETY" AWARENESS as  defined  by  the
commissioner, the law relating to exercising due care to avoid colliding
with  a  parked,  stopped  or  standing  authorized emergency vehicle or
hazard vehicle pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a  of  this
chapter,  the  ability  to read and comprehend traffic signs and symbols
and such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe, and to  satis-
factorily  complete  a course prescribed by the commissioner of not less
than four hours and not more than five hours,  consisting  of  classroom

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06543-01-3

S. 2113                             2

driver  training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent there-
of. Such test shall include at least seven written questions  concerning
the  effects  of  consumption  of  alcohol  or drugs on the ability of a
person  to  operate  a  motor vehicle and the legal and financial conse-
quences resulting from violations of section eleven  hundred  ninety-two
of  this  chapter,  prohibiting  the  operation of a motor vehicle while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such test shall include one  or
more written questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage"
on  the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal and
financial consequences resulting from assaulting, threatening or  inter-
fering with the lawful conduct of another person legally using the road-
way. Such test shall include one or more questions concerning the poten-
tial  dangers  to  persons  and  equipment  resulting  from  the  unsafe
operation of a motor vehicle in a work zone. SUCH TEST SHALL INCLUDE ONE
OR MORE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE POTENTIAL DANGERS TO PERSONS  OPERATING
MOTORCYCLES  ON  THE  ROAD.  Such test may include one or more questions
concerning the law for exercising due care to  avoid  colliding  with  a
parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehi-
cle  pursuant  to  section  eleven hundred forty-four-a of this chapter.
Such test shall be administered by the  commissioner.  The  commissioner
shall  cause  the  applicant  to take a vision test and a test for color
blindness. Upon passage of the  vision  test,  the  application  may  be
accepted and the application fee shall be payable.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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