senate Bill S4801

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes a visor card for the deaf and hard of hearing

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S4801 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10538
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง404-x, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S8117

S4801 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a visor card for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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BILL NUMBER:S4801

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing
visor communication cards
for the deaf and hard of hearing

PURPOSE:
This bill will create distinctive visor communication cards
for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the vehicle and
traffic law by adding a new section 404-x establishing a visor
communication card for the New York state deaf and hard of hearing.
Such e card will he issued by the DMV and will detail appropriate
procedures for assisting a deaf of hard of hearing driving during a
traffic stop. A fee shall be assessed for obtaining this card.

Section 2 states that this act shall take effect in 180 days after
being signed into law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Distinctive visor communication cards for the deaf and
hard of hearing will allow for the easy identification of such
drivers while traveling on roadways across the state. Visor
communication cards will grant emergency personnel and law
enforcement officers the ability to identify hard of hearing or deaf
individuals when approaching such vehicles. It is important that law
enforcement officers and emergency personnel are aware that such
motorists may not hear verbal commands, nor respond as anticipated.
Visor communication cards will allow for a person involved in a
traffic stop or an accident to better communicate with law
enforcement and emergency personnel.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.8117 of 2009/2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the 180th day after becoming law;
provided,
however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or
repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of
this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made
and completed on or before such effective date.

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

                                  4801

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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 establishing
  visor communication cards for the deaf and hard of hearing

  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 404-x to read as follows:
  S 404-X.  VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD FOR THE NEW  YORK  STATE  DEAF  AND
HARD  OF  HEARING. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL
HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A) "DEAF PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON WHO, BECAUSE OF HEARING  LOSS,
IS  NOT  ABLE  TO  DISCRIMINATE SPEECH WHEN SPOKEN IN A NORMAL CONVERSA-
TIONAL TONE REGARDLESS OF THE USE OF AMPLIFICATION DEVICES; AND
  (B) "HARD OF HEARING PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY  PERSON  WHO,  BECAUSE  OF
HEARING  LOSS,  HAS  A  DIMINISHED  CAPACITY TO DISCRIMINATE SPEECH WHEN
SPOKEN IN A NORMAL CONVERSATIONAL TONE.
  (C) "VISOR COMMUNICATION  CARD"  SHALL  MEAN  SUCH  IDENTIFICATION  AS
ISSUED  BY THE DEPARTMENT WHICH IDENTIFIES THE DRIVER AS DEAF OR HARD OF
HEARING, AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION, AND WHICH DETAILS  THE  APPROPRIATE
PROCEDURES FOR ASSISTING A DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING DRIVER DURING A TRAF-
FIC STOP AS PROMULGATED BY THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  2.  ANY PERSON RESIDING IN THIS STATE, UPON REQUEST AND ACCOMPANIED BY
A DOCTOR'S STATEMENT INDICATING SUCH PERSON IS EITHER DEAF  OR  HARD  OF
HEARING,  SHALL  BE  ISSUED  A VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD FOR THE DEAF AND
HARD OF HEARING OF A DESIGN APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER.    APPLICATION
FOR  SUCH  VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER
IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE.
  3. A VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE
ISSUED UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR REGISTRATION  FEE  PRESCRIBED  BY
SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  ONE OF THIS ARTICLE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ONE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01257-01-1

S. 4801                             2

YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS IN  THE  AMOUNT  OF
FIVE  THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR SO MUCH THEREOF AS MAY BE AVAILABLE, SHALL BE
ALLOCATED FROM SUCH FUND TO THE DEPARTMENT TO  OFFSET  COSTS  ASSOCIATED
WITH THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH VISOR COMMUNICATION CARDS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or
before such effective date.

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