|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 02, 2012||referred to transportation|
|May 01, 2012||delivered to assembly|
|Mar 05, 2012||advanced to third reading|
|Mar 01, 2012||2nd report cal.|
|Feb 29, 2012||1st report cal.242|
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to transportation|
returned to senate
died in assembly
|May 03, 2011||referred to transportation|
delivered to assembly
|Feb 01, 2011||advanced to third reading|
|Jan 31, 2011||2nd report cal.|
|Jan 25, 2011||1st report cal.27|
|Jan 19, 2011||reported and committed to codes|
|Jan 06, 2011||referred to transportation|
senate Bill S1208
Prohibits operation of any motor vehicle equipped with device which affects the operation of traffic-control signals
Archive: Last Bill Status - Passed Senate
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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May 1, 2012 - floor VoteS1208562floor56Aye2Nay0Absent3Excused0Abstained
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Floor Vote: May 1, 2012aye (56)
Feb 29, 2012 - Transportation committee VoteS1208180committee18Aye0Nay0Aye with Reservations0Absent1Excused0Abstained
May 3, 2011 - floor VoteS1208591floor59Aye1Nay0Absent2Excused0Abstained
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Floor Vote: May 3, 2011aye (59)
Jan 25, 2011 - Codes committee VoteS1208131committee13Aye1Nay2Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
Jan 19, 2011 - Transportation committee VoteS1208181committee18Aye1Nay0Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
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S1208 - Bill Details
S1208 - Bill Texts
Prohibits the operation of any motor vehicle equipped with a device which affects the operation of traffic-control signals; provides that the possession of such a device shall constitute a traffic infraction, use thereof is a class A misdemeanor, and use which results in personal injury or death shall constitute a class E felony.
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TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting the use
of any device which affects the operation of a traffic-control signal
To prohibit the operation of any vehicle, except an emergency
vehicle, that is equipped with a device which affects the operation
of a traffic control signal.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill adds a new section 397-c
to the vehicle and traffic law to make it illegal for a person to
operate a vehicle which he or she knows is equipped with a device
capable of affecting the operation of any traffic-control signal. The
bill also provides exceptions where the operator can show by credible
evidence that he or she was not aware of the presence of the device
or if the person using such a device is engaged in the authorized
maintenance or repair of a traffic-control signal. Possession of the
device shall constitute a traffic infraction. If the operator is
using the device to affect the operation of a traffic control signal,
it shall constitute a class A misdemeanor. If the unauthorized use of
such a device causes personal injury or death, then it shall
constitute a class E felony.
In addition, operators of authorized emergency vehicles and public
transportation vehicles are exempt from this section.
There are people willing to pay as much as $1,000 for a
device that allows them to change a red light to green right from
their drivers seat as if they were law enforcement officers on call.
The purpose of the existence of such devices is for emergency access
and not for the convenience for someone who wants to get home earlier
from work or to dodge traffic. These devices exist and are currently
in use by non emergency personnel. Public safety dictates the need to
make the use of such devices illegal by persons other than authorized
emergency personnel. Such devices flaunt public safety concerns and
could cause serious personal injury or death on New York roadways.
This act takes effect on the first of
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1208 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 6, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. JOHNSON -- 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 any device which affects the operation of a traffic-control signal 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 397-c to read as follows: S 397-C. INTERFERENCE WITH A TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL. 1. NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE ANY MOTOR VEHICLE, EXCEPT AN AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE OR AUTHORIZED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE, WHICH HE OR SHE KNOWS IS EQUIPPED WITH A DEVICE CAPABLE OF AFFECTING THE OPERATION OF ANY TRAFF- IC-CONTROL SIGNAL. THE PRESENCE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE OF SUCH A DEVICE CONNECTED TO A POWER SOURCE AND IN AN OPERABLE CONDITION IS PRESUMPTIVE EVIDENCE OF THE OPERATOR'S KNOWLEDGE OF THE DEVICE. SUCH PRESUMPTION SHALL BE REBUTTED BY ANY CREDITABLE EVIDENCE WHICH TENDS TO SHOW THAT THE OPERATOR OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE PRESENCE OF SUCH DEVICE. 2. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON USING SUCH A DEVICE WHILE ENGAGED IN THE AUTHORIZED MAINTENANCE OR REPAIR OF A TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL. 3. A VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL CONSTITUTE A TRAFFIC INFRACTION PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS NOR MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS. 4. A VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION WHILE USING SUCH A DEVICE TO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF A TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL SHALL CONSTI- TUTE A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR. 5. A VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION WHILE USING SUCH A DEVICE TO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF A TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL AND SUCH USE EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04455-01-1 S. 1208 2 CAUSES PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH AS A RESULT OF ITS EFFECT ON A TRAFFIC- CONTROL SIGNAL SHALL CONSTITUTE A CLASS E FELONY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
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