senate Bill S7138

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes a motorcycle safety awareness component as a requirement for licensing

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May 31, 2012 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 21, 2012 advanced to third reading
May 16, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 15, 2012 1st report cal.779
May 01, 2012 referred to transportation

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S7138 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง502, V & T L

S7138 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a motorcycle safety awareness component as a requirement for licensing.

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BILL NUMBER:S7138

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requirements
for licensing

PURPOSE:
To require motorcycle safety and awareness be part of the mandatory
pre-licensing course and testing required of new drivers, in order to
educate such drivers as to the potential dangers to persons operating
motorcycles on our roads.

SUMMARY:
Section 1 adds a new paragraph c-3 to subdivision 4 of section 502 of
the vehicle and traffic law to add a motorcycle safety and awareness
component to the mandatory five hour pre-licensing class required of all
new drivers.

Section 2 also amends section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law to add
motorcycle safety awareness questions to the written test required to be
passed by new drivers in the state.

Section 3 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Motorcycle crashes often occur because of the failure of other drivers'
awareness of motorcycle traffic on the road. Including motorcycle safety
and awareness as components of the pre-licensing education and testing
of new drivers will help to prevent motorcycle crashes, injuries and
fatalities caused by drivers who share the road with motorcycle traffic.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPACT:
None. The pre-licensing course and written test are already in place.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  7138

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 requirements
  for licensing

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law
is amended by adding a new paragraph (c-3) to read as follows:
  (C-3)  "MOTORCYCLE SAFETY" AWARENESS COMPONENT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
PROVIDE IN THE PRE-LICENSING COURSE, SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF  THIS
SUBDIVISION,  A  MANDATORY  COMPONENT  IN  "MOTORCYCLE SAFETY" AWARENESS
EDUCATION AS A PREREQUISITE FOR OBTAINING A LICENSE TO OPERATE  A  MOTOR
VEHICLE.  THE  PURPOSE OF THE COMPONENT IS TO EDUCATE PROSPECTIVE LICEN-
SEES ON THE POTENTIAL DANGERS TO PERSONS OPERATING  MOTORCYCLES  ON  THE
ROADWAY.
  S 2. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 502
of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 458 of the laws of
2011, is amended to read as follows:
  (i)  Upon  submission  of  an  application for a driver's license, the
applicant shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit  evidence
of  passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic, the
laws relating to driving while ability is impaired and while  intoxicat-
ed,  under  the  overpowering  influence of "Road Rage", [or] "Work Zone
Safety" awareness AND "MOTORCYCLE SAFETY" AWARENESS as  defined  by  the
commissioner, the law relating to exercising due care to avoid colliding
with  a  parked,  stopped  or  standing  authorized emergency vehicle or
hazard vehicle pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a  of  this
chapter,  the  ability  to read and comprehend traffic signs and symbols
and such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe, and to  satis-
factorily  complete  a course prescribed by the commissioner of not less
than four hours and not more than five hours,  consisting  of  classroom
driver  training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent there-
of. Such test shall include at least seven written questions  concerning
the  effects  of  consumption  of  alcohol  or drugs on the ability of a

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15218-02-2

S. 7138                             2

person to operate a motor vehicle and the  legal  and  financial  conse-
quences  resulting  from violations of section eleven hundred ninety-two
of this chapter, prohibiting the operation  of  a  motor  vehicle  while
under  the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such test shall include one or
more written questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage"
on the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal  and
financial  consequences resulting from assaulting, threatening or inter-
fering with the lawful conduct of another person legally using the road-
way. Such test shall include one or more questions concerning the poten-
tial  dangers  to  persons  and  equipment  resulting  from  the  unsafe
operation of a motor vehicle in a work zone. SUCH TEST SHALL INCLUDE ONE
OR  MORE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE POTENTIAL DANGERS TO PERSONS OPERATING
MOTORCYCLES ON THE ROAD. Such test may include  one  or  more  questions
concerning  the  law  for  exercising due care to avoid colliding with a
parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehi-
cle pursuant to section eleven hundred  forty-four-a  of  this  chapter.
Such  test  shall  be administered by the commissioner. The commissioner
shall cause the applicant to take a vision test and  a  test  for  color
blindness.  Upon  passage  of  the  vision  test, the application may be
accepted and the application fee shall be payable.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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