senate Bill S1000

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits the use of dashboard computers while operating a motor vehicle

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Jun 21, 2012 committed to rules
Jun 11, 2012 advanced to third reading
Jun 06, 2012 2nd report cal.
Jun 05, 2012 1st report cal.1099
Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
Jan 05, 2011 referred to transportation

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Jun 5, 2012 - Transportation committee Vote

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Transportation Committee Vote: Jun 5, 2012

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S1000 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1225-e, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S6802

S1000 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the use of dashboard computers while operating a motor vehicle; provides definitions and exemptions.

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BILL NUMBER:S1000

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting the use
of dashboard computers

PURPOSE:
This legislation would prohibit the use of dashboard
computers while operating a motor vehicle

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law is
amended by adding a new section 1225-e to prohibit the use of
dashboard computers while operating a motor vehicle.

A violation of this section would be a traffic infraction, punishable
by a fine of not more than $150.

JUSTIFICATION:
Technology companies are zeroing in on motor vehicles
to expand the use of their equipment. In an effort to bring the
personal computer to your vehicle, dashboard computers are coming to
a car near you. In a world were distracted driving is already a life
threatening problem on our roads, the last thing drivers need is
another distraction. Mobile devices in cars already are the cause of
thousands of wrecks and injuries each year.

No one wants to get in the way of technology, but we must take steps
to prevent these types of devices from be accessed while the driver
is operating the vehicle. This legislation will ensure that a driver
will be watching the road and not surfing the web.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.6802 of 2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1000

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MARCELLINO  -- 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  prohibiting
  the use of dashboard computers

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

  Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 1225-e to read as follows:
  S  1225-E. USE OF DASHBOARD COMPUTERS. 1. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED
IN THIS SECTION, NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE USING ANY
DASHBOARD COMPUTER WHILE SUCH VEHICLE IS IN MOTION.
  2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING  TERMS  SHALL  HAVE
THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS:
  (A)  "DASHBOARD  COMPUTER"  MEANS  ANY DASHBOARD-MOUNTED HUMAN-MACHINE
INTERFACE (HMI) MODULE INCLUDING ANY MODULAR VEHICLE  COMPUTER,  VEHICLE
INFOTAINMENT  COMPUTER,  TOUCHSCREEN DASHBOARD-MOUNTED COMPUTER, AND ANY
HMI THAT PERFORMS FUNCTIONS INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  INTERNET
ACCESS, E-MAIL ACCESS AND/OR VIDEO PLAYBACK.
  (B)  "USING" MEANS TOUCHING, LOOKING AT, VIEWING, ACCESSING, BROWSING,
READING, AND/OR WATCHING.
  3. THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL  NOT  APPLY
TO:
  (A)  THE  USE OF A DASHBOARD COMPUTER FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF COMMUNI-
CATING WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING REGARDING AN EMERGENCY SITUATION:
  (I) AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATOR;
  (II) A HOSPITAL;
  (III) A PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE OR HEALTH CLINIC;
  (IV) AN AMBULANCE COMPANY OR CORPS;
  (V) A FIRE DEPARTMENT, DISTRICT OR COMPANY;
  (VI) OR A POLICE DEPARTMENT;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04430-01-1

S. 1000                             2

  (B) THE USE OF A DASHBOARD COMPUTER TO ACCESS:
  (I) TEMPERATURE CONTROLS;
  (II) MUSIC CONTROLS, INCLUDING SATELLITE RADIO, AM/FM RADIO OR COMPACT
DISK CONTROLS AND DISPLAYS;
  (III) OTHER DRIVER CONTROL PANEL FUNCTIONS;
  (IV) ANY GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM UNIT; OR
  (V)  ANY  ADVANCED  DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS, INCLUDING DAY OR NIGHT
VISION SUPPORT, PARKING AIDS, OR ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL;
  (C) ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WHILE IN  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF  THEIR
OFFICIAL DUTIES:
  (I) A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER;
  (II) A MEMBER OF A FIRE DEPARTMENT, DISTRICT OR COMPANY;
  (III) OR THE OPERATOR OF AN AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE AS DEFINED IN
SECTION ONE HUNDRED ONE OF THIS CHAPTER.
  4.  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE
THE SEIZURE OR FORFEITURE OF  A  DASHBOARD  COMPUTER,  UNLESS  OTHERWISE
PROVIDED BY LAW.
  5. A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE A TRAFFIC INFRACTION AND SHALL
BE PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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