S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
March 12, 2013
Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
AN ACT to establish the teen driver safety commission and providing for
its powers and duties; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
upon the expiration thereof
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative declaration. The legislature hereby finds and
declares: (a) that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death
for teens; (b) the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to
19 year olds than among any other age group; and (c) the presence of
teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers.
The legislature therefore finds and declares that a teen driver safety
commission shall be established pursuant to this act.
S 2. Teen driver safety commission. 1. The commission shall consist of
twelve members. Four of the members shall be appointed by the governor,
of which one shall be from the department of motor vehicles. Three of
the members shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate.
Three of the members shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly.
One member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate. One
member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. All
appointments shall be made within thirty days of the effective date of
2. The commission shall, within twenty days following the appointment
of all its members, elect a chairperson from among such members.
3. The commission shall study, examine and review the issue of teen
driver safety. In conducting its study, the commission shall:
(a) study and evaluate the availability and effectiveness of driver
education and training programs in the state, as well as a selection of
driver education and training programs offered throughout the United
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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(b) survey and assess the problems of driving under the influence of
drugs and alcohol and aggressive driving among teens;
(c) review the impact of distracting behaviors while driving, includ-
ing, but not limited to, the use of hands-free electronic communication
devices and the manual use of non-standard audio devices;
(d) determine the type of motor vehicle violations that are most often
associated with accidents involving teen drivers;
(e) evaluate the role and utilization of defensive driving and acci-
dent prevention programs;
(f) determine and analyze any non-standard safety devices that may be
(g) consider any other issues or matters the commission may deem
appropriate to fulfill the scope of its charge.
4. Additionally, the commission shall analyze and provide measures
that may mitigate the risks associated with the operation of motor vehi-
cles by teen drivers. Such measures shall include, but not be limited
(a) requiring the parents of a teen driver to attend all court
proceedings and hearings associated with motor vehicle violations
charged to such teen driver;
(b) assessing fines or penalties to the parents of a teen driver when
they knowingly allow such driver to operate a motor vehicle in violation
of a class restriction; and
(c) prohibiting anyone, other than family members or a supervising
driver, from riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle operated by a teen
5. The commission shall report its findings, conclusions and recommen-
dations to the governor and legislature no later than one hundred eighty
days after the effective date of this act.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect
until the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law,
when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.