senate Bill S4613

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts "Steven's Law" to require passengers of motor vehicles involved in personal injury accidents to report such accident when the operator does not stop

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S4613 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง600, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A2180

S4613 - Bill Texts

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Enacts "Steven's Law"; requires passengers of motor vehicles involved in personal injury accidents to report such accident when the operator of such motor vehicle does not stop or provide information to the injured party.

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BILL NUMBER:S4613

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to
enacting "Steven's Law" to require
the reporting of
personal injury motor vehicle accidents by passengers

PURPOSE:
To require a passenger of a motor vehicle involved in a personal
injury accident to report the accident when he or she knows the
operator of the motor vehicle did not stop and provide information to
either the injured party and/or to a police officer.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 600 of the vehicle and traffic law to add a
new subdivision 3 that provides that a passenger, knowing or having
cause to know that personal injury has been caused to another person
due to an incident involving the motor vehicle which they are a
passenger and where the operator of said vehicle has not stopped and
provided information to the injured party and/or a police officer,
the passenger shall report the incident as soon as physically able to
the nearest police station or judicial officer.

Failure to do so shall constitute a class B misdemeanor and is
punishable by a fine of not less than $250 or more then $500 in
addition to any other penalties provided by law.

Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect on the first of
November after the date on which it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION:
On March 22, 2007, 17-year old Steven Bacon was the victim of a
hit-and-run accident in the town of Ashland. His body wasn't
discovered until the next day. The driver of the vehicle turned
himself into the police the next day but only after the driver of
another vehicle, a friend of the driver who witnessed the incident,
insisted that he turn himself in. Also in the vehicle that killed
Steven Bacon was a passenger who was also a witness to the incident.

Although no one can know for certain whether Steven Bacon would've
survived his injuries had his body been discovered sooner, there is
no doubt that there were people with knowledge that
something horrible had happened that night whose failure to come
forward resulted in Steven Bacon's body laying in the culvert on the
shoulder of the road for well over 12 hours.

The driver was charged, in addition to manslaughter in the second
degree, with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident in
violation of vehicle and traffic law section 600(2). However, his
passenger was under no legal obligation to report the accident even
though he was fully aware that a body flew over the car in which he
was riding, and also aware that the driver neither stopped nor
reported the incident. This legislation creates that legal obligation


for a passenger of a vehicle to report the incident if the driver
does not.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009 - A.2180

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
The first of November after 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4613

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 13, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA -- 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  enacting
  "Steven's Law" to require the reporting of personal injury motor vehi-
  cle accidents by passengers

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

  Section 1.  This act shall be known and  may  be  cited  as  "Steven's
Law".
  S  2.  Section 600 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3. REPORT BY PASSENGER. ANY PASSENGER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE,  KNOWING  OR
HAVING  CAUSE  TO  KNOW  THAT PERSONAL INJURY HAS BEEN CAUSED TO ANOTHER
PERSON DUE TO AN INCIDENT INVOLVING THE MOTOR VEHICLE OF WHICH THEY  ARE
A  PASSENGER, AND WHERE THE OPERATOR OF SUCH VEHICLE HAS NOT STOPPED AND
PROVIDED INFORMATION TO THE INJURED PARTY AND/OR TO  A  POLICE  OFFICER,
SHALL  REPORT  SUCH  INCIDENT  AS SOON AS PHYSICALLY ABLE TO THE NEAREST
POLICE STATION OR JUDICIAL OFFICER. A VIOLATION  OF  THE  PROVISIONS  OF
THIS  SUBDIVISION SHALL CONSTITUTE A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE BY A
FINE OF NOT LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED  FIFTY  NOR  MORE  THAN  FIVE  HUNDRED
DOLLARS IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER PENALTIES PROVIDED BY LAW.
  S 3. 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.
                                                           LBD09720-01-1

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