senate Bill S3107

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires fire company command vehicles to be equipped with a partition or cage separating the front and rear seats

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Mar 12, 2012 committee discharged and committed to rules
notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
Feb 08, 2011 referred to transportation

S3107 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2738
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง375, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1945, A6881

S3107 - Bill Texts

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Requires fire company command vehicles to be equipped with a partition or cage separating the front and rear seats.

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BILL NUMBER:S3107

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring certain
emergency vehicles to be equipped with a protective screen

PURPOSE:
Enactment of this legislation would require fire company command
vehicles to be equipped with a partition or cage separating the front
and rear seats.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law by adding
a new subdivision 52 to require that fire company command vehicles
registered in New York State be equipped with partitions or steel
cages, separating the front and back seats, so that any item from the
rear seat may not be propelled into the front seating area.

EXISTING LAW:
No such provision exists under current law.

JUSTIFICATION:
On June 3, 2008 Daniel Shanahan Jr. died in a tragic car accident. Mr.
Shanahan was the Chief of the Seneca Hose Fire Company and was on his
way to work, in the Chiefs rig, when he was involved in a head-on
collision which took his life. As required, there was a good deal of
equipment in the rear of the Chiefs vehicle, including his air tank,
which was dislodged and flew forward, ultimately causing Mr.
Shanahan's death. This selfless volunteer firefighter ultimately died
as a result of blunt force trauma to his head caused by his air tank,
and not from the actual collision between the two vehicles.

Some may say that Daniel Shanahan Jr. gave his life to make us aware
of the need to have a protective barrier and/or cage installed in
vehicles of this nature to prevent this tragic accident from
occurring again.
There are hundreds of vehicles, similarly equipped, in use in fire
companies across New York and this small safety measure could
potentially save lives in the future.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2007-08: Referred to Rules.
2009-10: S.1945/A.6881 Referred to Transportation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to New York State.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Very minor to local fire districts.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
180 days after it shall have become law.


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

                                  3107

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 8, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- 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  requiring
  certain emergency vehicles to be equipped with a protective screen

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

  Section 1. Section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 52 to read as follows:
  52.  FIRE  COMPANY  COMMAND  VEHICLE  PARTITIONS  OR CAGES. EVERY FIRE
COMPANY COMMAND VEHICLE REGISTERED  IN  THIS  STATE  AND  REGISTERED  OR
LICENSED BY A CITY, TOWN OR VILLAGE SHALL BE EQUIPPED WITH PARTITIONS OR
CAGES  MADE  OF  STEEL  OR  OTHER  PROTECTIVE MATERIAL OF EQUAL STRENGTH
LOCATED BETWEEN AND EFFECTIVELY SEPARATING THE FRONT AND REAR SEATS  AND
PREVENTING  ANY  ITEM  FROM THE REAR SEAT TO BE PROPELLED INTO THE FRONT
SEAT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07631-01-1

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