senate Bill S6728A

Increases fines for the use of mobile telephones or the use of portable electronic devices while in a work area or school zone

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 04 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6728A

Summary

Increases fines for the use of mobile telephones or the use of portable electronic devices while in a work area or school zone.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6728
S6728A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง1225-c & 1225-d, V & T L

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BILL NUMBER:S6728A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to increased fines for the use of mobile telephones or the
use of portable electronic devices while in a work area or school zone

PURPOSE: To help to protect school children and highway workers

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:;

Section 1 - amends section 1225-c of the Vehicle and Traffic Law by
adding a new subdivision 5 which adds an additional $100 fine to the
applicable fines for using a mobile telephone when operating a motor
vehicle in a school zone or work area. This section also defines a
work area and school zone for the purposes of the subdivision.

Section 2 - amends section 1225-d of the Vehicle and Traffic Law by
adding a new subdivision 7 which adds an additional $100 fine to the
applicable fines for using a portable electronic device when operating
a motor vehicle in a school zone or work area. This section also
defines a work area and school zone for the purposes of the
subdivision.

Section 3 - provides that this act shall take effect on the sixtieth
day after it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: It is now well recognized that using a mobile telephone
or a portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle
distracts the driver and is dangerous to the driver, any occupants in
the vehicle and to other vehicles and nearby pedestrians. It is
particularly dangerous in work areas, where workers may be located
near traffic flow, and in school zones where children, or their
parents, are frequently walking and crossing streets. In either
situation, the margin for error is much reduced, and it is critical
that motorists direct all of their attention to observing where they
are going and what is happening around them. This bill will help to
protect both children and workers from drivers who are distracted by
mobile telephones or portable electronic devices.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 60th day after it
shall have become law.

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

                                 6728--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RANZENHOFER,  AVELLA,  LARKIN  --  read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Transportation   --   committee   discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation  to  increased
  fines  for  the  use of mobile telephones or the use of portable elec-
  tronic devices while in a work area or school zone

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

  Section 1. Section 1225-c of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5.  (A) A VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION WHILE IN A WORK
AREA OR SCHOOL ZONE SHALL BE A TRAFFIC INFRACTION AND SHALL BE  PUNISHA-
BLE  BY  A FINE OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS WHICH SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO THE
AMOUNTS PRESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION.
  (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION:
  I. "WORK AREA" SHALL MEAN THAT PART OF A HIGHWAY BEING USED  OR  OCCU-
PIED  FOR  THE  CONDUCT OF HIGHWAY WORK, WITHIN WHICH WORKERS, VEHICLES,
EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, EXCAVATIONS, OR OTHER  OBSTRUCTIONS  ARE
PRESENT.
  II.  "SCHOOL  ZONE"  SHALL MEAN THE DISTANCE ALONG A HIGHWAY PASSING A
SCHOOL BUILDING, ENTRANCE OR EXIT OF A SCHOOL ABUTTING  ON  THE  HIGHWAY
FOR  WHICH A SCHOOL SIGN (S1-1) HAS BEEN POSTED PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER
AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MANUAL ON  UNIFORM  TRAFFIC  CONTROL  DEVICES
MAINTAINED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY OF THIS CHAPTER.
  S  2.  Section  1225-d  of  the  vehicle and traffic law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows:
  7. (A) A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION WHILE IN A WORK AREA OR SCHOOL ZONE
SHALL BE A TRAFFIC INFRACTION AND SHALL BE PUNISHABLE BY A FINE  OF  ONE
HUNDRED  DOLLARS WHICH SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO THE AMOUNTS PRESCRIBED IN
SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS SECTION.
  (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION:
  I. "WORK AREA" SHALL MEAN THAT PART OF A HIGHWAY BEING USED  OR  OCCU-
PIED  FOR  THE  CONDUCT OF HIGHWAY WORK, WITHIN WHICH WORKERS, VEHICLES,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14043-03-4

S. 6728--A                          2

EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, EXCAVATIONS, OR OTHER  OBSTRUCTIONS  ARE
PRESENT.
  II.  "SCHOOL  ZONE"  SHALL MEAN THE DISTANCE ALONG A HIGHWAY PASSING A
SCHOOL BUILDING, ENTRANCE OR EXIT OF A SCHOOL ABUTTING  ON  THE  HIGHWAY
FOR  WHICH A SCHOOL SIGN (S1-1) HAS BEEN POSTED PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER
AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MANUAL ON  UNIFORM  TRAFFIC  CONTROL  DEVICES
MAINTAINED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY OF THIS CHAPTER.
  S  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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