senate Bill S1337

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides that no person sixteen years of age or over shall be a passenger in the back seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 21, 2012 committed to rules
Mar 15, 2012 advanced to third reading
Mar 14, 2012 2nd report cal.
Mar 13, 2012 1st report cal.345
Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
Jun 24, 2011 committed to rules
May 02, 2011 advanced to third reading
Apr 13, 2011 2nd report cal.
Apr 12, 2011 1st report cal.370
Jan 06, 2011 referred to transportation

Votes

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Mar 13, 2012 - Transportation committee Vote

S1337
15
2
committee
15
Aye
2
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Transportation Committee Vote: Mar 13, 2012

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Apr 12, 2011 - Transportation committee Vote

S1337
11
3
committee
11
Aye
3
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
2
Excused
0
Abstained
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Transportation Committee Vote: Apr 12, 2011

aye wr (3)
excused (2)

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S1337 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1306
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1229-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1169A, A225A

S1337 - Bill Texts

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Provides that no person shall be a passenger in the back seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt approved by the commissioner of motor vehicles.

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BILL NUMBER:S1337

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to
mandatory seat belt use

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To improve the safety of motor vehicle occupants.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The bill amends subdivision 3 of §1229-c of the Vehicle and Traffic
Law to require the use of seat belts by all passengers sixteen years
of age or older riding in any seating position in a motor vehicle.

JUSTIFICATION:

The institution of a mandatory seat belt law for all front seat
passengers has saved lives. According to the New York State
Department of Motor Vehicles, in 1984, the year the law was enacted,
approximately 16% of individuals wore seat belts. By 2008, 24 years
after the law was enacted, the compliance rate was up to 89%. The
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has indicated that thirty percent
of highway deaths in New York State occurred to occupants who were
unrestrained. This is a greater factor than alcohol or excessive speed.

Recognizing the serious injuries that may be caused to other
passengers or the driver of a motor vehicle by an unrestrained
occupant of the vehicle in the event of a collision, 19 states have
adopted legislation requiring all rear seat occupants to wear safety
restraints.

Extensive research has shown that unbelted rear seat passengers can
kill and injure others. A sixty pound unbelted passenger traveling in
the rear seat would exert a force of approximately 2,700 pounds, or
more than one ton, into the driver's seat in a head-on crash at 30
miles per hour.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in
fatal crashes, 76% of vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from
the vehicle were killed. In 2007, only once percent of the occupants
reported to' have been using restraints were totally ejected from the
vehicle, compared with 31% of the unrestrained occupants. As a
result, safety experts believe that the use of a rear seat belt could
prevent over two thirds of fatalities and serious injuries resulting
from motor vehicle crashes. Therefore, this legislation seeks to
reduce automobile accident fatalities and casualties by requiring all
occupants of a motor vehicle to buckle up.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009-10 (S.1169B/A.225-A)
2007-08 (A.104/S.174)


2005-06 (A.2157-A/S.3582-A)
2003-04 (A.903/S.118)
2002 (A.11063-A/S.6302-A)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None known.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                  1337

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. DILAN, DIAZ -- 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  mandatory
  seat belt use

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 1229-c of the vehicle and  traffic
law,  as added by chapter 365 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as
follows:
  3. No person shall operate a  motor  vehicle  unless  such  person  is
restrained  by  a  safety  belt  approved by the commissioner. No person
sixteen years of age or over shall be a passenger in [the front seat of]
a motor vehicle unless such  person  is  restrained  by  a  safety  belt
approved by the commissioner.
  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.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02675-01-1

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