senate Bill S599A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
Mar 11, 2011 print number 599a
amend and recommit to transportation
Jan 05, 2011 referred to transportation

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S599 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1229-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S42

S599 - Bill Texts

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Provides that no person sixteen years of age or over shall be a passenger in a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt; further requires all persons four or older but under the age of eight to be restrained by a safety belt when such persons are occupants of a school bus.

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BILL NUMBER:S599

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

PURPOSE:
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
retrained by a safety belt.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends the section 1229-c of the vehicle and traffic law
by requiring all passengers in the back seat(s) of a vehicle to wear
a safety belt.

EXISTING LAW:
Existing law only requires passengers under the age of 16 to be
restrained by a safety belt.

JUSTIFICATION:
In 2003, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) traffic crashes were the number one cause of
death for people 4 to 35 years old. From 1975 to 2002, safety belts
prevented an estimated 164,753 fatalities. According to NHTSA's, The
Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes 2000, the use of safety
belts saved society $585 billion in medical care, lost productivity,
and other injury-related economic costs (since 1975). Ejection from
the vehicle is one of the most harmful events that can happen to a
person in a crash. In passenger vehicle crashes in which someone died
in 2002, 73 percent of occupants who were completely ejected were
killed. Safety belts are effective in preventing total ejection's. In
2002, in crashes in which someone was killed, only 1 percent of the
occupants reported to have been using restraints were totally
ejected, compared with 30 percent of unrestrained occupants (in
passenger vehicles).

Currently, 19 other states (Arkansas, California, Delaware, Indiana,
Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon,
Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin
and Wyoming and the District of Columbia) have laws which require all
passengers in a vehicle to wear a seat restraint. In states that use
restraints for all passengers the number of deaths and injuries
caused by ejection and side-impact have been reduced.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: Referred to Transportation (S.42)
2008: Referred to Transportation (S.5689/A.9594)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of January 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   599

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. FUSCHILLO, LARKIN -- 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 1 of section 1229-c of the vehicle and traffic
law, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws  of  2005,  paragraph  (b)  as
amended  by  chapter  405  of  the  laws  of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  1. No person shall operate a motor vehicle in this state  unless:  (a)
all  back  seat  passengers  of  such  vehicle under the age of four are
restrained in a specially designed seat which meets  the  Federal  Motor
Vehicle  Safety  Standards  set  forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213 and which is
either permanently affixed or is affixed to such  vehicle  by  a  safety
belt, or in the event that the weight of such passenger under the age of
four  exceeds  forty  pounds, such passenger may be restrained (i) in an
appropriate child restraint system as defined  in  subdivision  four  of
this section used with combination lap safety and shoulder harness belts
or  (ii)  by a lap safety belt in the event such vehicle is not equipped
with combination lap safety and shoulder harness belts or all the combi-
nation lap safety and shoulder harness belts are being used to  properly
restrain other passengers who are under the age of sixteen; (b) all back
seat  passengers of such vehicle who are age four or older but under age
eight (i) are restrained in an appropriate  child  restraint  system  as
defined  in  subdivision  four of this section used with combination lap
and shoulder harness belts or (ii) are restrained in a lap  safety  belt
in  the  event  such vehicle is not equipped with combination lap safety
and shoulder harness belts or all the combination lap safety and  shoul-
der  harness  belts are being used to properly restrain other passengers

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00470-01-1

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who are under the age of sixteen; or (c) in the case of any  other  back
seat  passenger [under the age of sixteen], he or she is restrained by a
safety belt approved by the commissioner.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

Co-Sponsors

S599A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1229-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S42

S599A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Provides that no person sixteen years of age or over shall be a passenger in a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt; further requires all persons four or older but under the age of eight to be restrained by a safety belt when such persons are occupants of a school bus.

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BILL NUMBER:S599A

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

PURPOSE:
Provides that no person sixteen years of age or over shall be a
passenger in a motor vehicle unless such person is retrained by a
safety belt.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 1229-c of the vehicle and traffic law to
require all passengers' in a vehicle to be restrained by safety belt.

EXISTING LAW:
Existing law requires all passengers in the front to be restrained,
but only those under the age of 16 must be restrained in the rear.

JUSTIFICATION:
In 2003, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) traffic crashes were the number one cause of
death for people 4 to 35 years old. From 1975 to 2002, safety belts
prevented an estimated 164,753 fatalities. According to NHTSA's The
Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes 2000, the use of safety
belts saved society $585 billion in medical care, lost productivity,
and other injury-related economic costs (since 1975). Ejection from
the vehicle is one of the most harmful events that can happen to a
person in a crash. In passenger vehicle crashes in which someone died
in 2002, 73 percent of occupants who were completely ejected were
killed. Safety belts are effective in preventing total ejection's. In
2002, in crashes in which someone was killed, only 1 percent of the
occupants reported to have been using restraints were totally
ejected, compared with 30 percent of unrestrained occupants (in
passenger vehicles).

Currently, 19 other states (Arkansas, California, Delaware, Indiana,
Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon,
Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin
and Wyoming and the District of Columbia) have laws which require all
passengers in a vehicle to wear a seat restraint. In states that use
restraints for all passengers the number of deaths and injuries
caused by ejection and side-impact have been reduced.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: Referred to Transportation (S.42)
2008: Referred to Transportation (S.5689/A.9594)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect on the first of January 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 599--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. FUSCHILLO, DILAN, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Trans-
  portation  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

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. Subdivisions 3 and 13 of section 1229-c of the vehicle  and
traffic  law,  subdivision 3 as added by chapter 365 of the laws of 1984
and subdivision 13 as amended by chapter 20 of the  laws  of  2008,  are
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.
  13.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  subdivision  four  of  this
section,  no  person  shall  operate a school bus for which there are no
applicable federal school bus safety standards unless all occupants  are
restrained  by  a safety belt approved by the commissioner or, regarding
occupants age four or older but under age [seven] EIGHT, are  restrained
pursuant to subdivision one or two of this section.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of January 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.
                                                           LBD00470-02-1

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