senate Bill S5643

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the use of portable electronic devices

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 12, 2011 signed chap.109
Jul 08, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 14, 2011 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.198
substituted for a8106
referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 13, 2011 ordered to third reading cal.1177
Jun 11, 2011 committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 08, 2011 referred to transportation


S5643 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1225-d, V & T L

S5643 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the use of portable electronic devices.

S5643 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5643 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 8, 2011

Introduced  by Sens. MARCELLINO, ALESI, ROBACH -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Trans-

AN  ACT  to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the use of
  portable electronic devices while driving


  Section  1. Subdivision 4 of section 1225-d of the vehicle and traffic
law, as added by chapter 403 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read  as
  4.  A  person  who holds a portable electronic device in a conspicuous
manner while operating a motor vehicle is  presumed  to  be  using  such
device. The presumption established by this subdivision is rebuttable by
evidence  [showing]  TENDING TO SHOW that the operator was not using the
device within the meaning of this section.
  S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 1225-d of the vehicle and  traffic  law,
as  added  by  chapter  403  of  the laws of 2009, is amended to read as
  6. A violation of this section shall be a traffic infraction and shall
be punishable by a fine of not more  than  one  hundred  fifty  dollars.
[Provided,  however,  that  a  summons  for operating a motor vehicle in
violation of this section shall only be issued when there is  reasonable
cause  to  believe  that  the  person  operating  such motor vehicle has
committed a violation of the laws of this state other than  a  violation
of this section.]
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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


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