senate Bill S1480

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits the use of radar and laser blocking devices in all motor vehicles

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 18, 2014 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 13, 2014 advanced to third reading
Mar 12, 2014 2nd report cal.
Mar 11, 2014 1st report cal.268
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
returned to senate
died in assembly
Mar 11, 2013 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 28, 2013 advanced to third reading
Feb 27, 2013 2nd report cal.
Feb 12, 2013 1st report cal.66
Jan 09, 2013 referred to transportation

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Mar 11, 2014 - Transportation committee Vote

S1480
19
0
committee
19
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Feb 12, 2013 - Transportation committee Vote

S1480
18
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committee
18
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S1480 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9661
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §134-d, amd §§397-a & 1180, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S957
2009-2010: S575

S1480 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the use of radar and laser blocking devices in all motor vehicles.

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BILL NUMBER:S1480

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to radar and laser
blocking devices

PURPOSE: This legislation prohibits the use of radar
and laser
blocking devices in all motor vehicles.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Vehicle and Traffic Law
(VTL) is amended by
adding a new section 134-d to define radar or laser blocking device
as any instrument designed to block or jam, by either mechanical or
electrical means any radar or laser device used by a police officer
to monitor vehicular speed.

Section 397-a of the VTL is amended to prohibit such devices.

JUSTIFICATION: Radar and laser blocking devices are
marketed as a
means to make your car electronically "invisible" to speed traps. The
device is sold for the sole purpose of evading police speed-detecting
equipment. Speeding tickets were handed out at a record pace last
year in New York State and the affects of excess speed are sobering
when you look at accident reports and Newspaper stories of lives lost.

New York State should join California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia,
Nebraska and Washington D.0 all who have outlawed the use of radar
and laser devices used to avoid detection by law enforcement agencies.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6934-A of 2008 (Passed
Senate). S.575 of
2009-10. S.957 of 2011/12 (Passed Senate).

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the
first of November
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  1480

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MARCELLINO  -- 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  radar  and
  laser blocking devices

  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 134-d to read as follows:
  S  134-D.   RADAR OR LASER BLOCKING DEVICE. ANY INSTRUMENT DESIGNED TO
BLOCK OR JAM, BY EITHER MECHANICAL OR ELECTRONIC  MEANS,  ANY  RADAR  OR
LASER DEVICE USED BY A POLICE OFFICER TO MONITOR VEHICULAR SPEED.
  S 2. Section 397-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chap-
ter 524 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  S  397-a.  Radar  detectors [and], laser detectors AND RADAR AND LASER
BLOCKING DEVICES prohibited. 1. A. No radar detector or  laser  detector
shall be used in any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of
more  than  eighteen thousand pounds or in any commercial vehicle with a
gross vehicle weight rating of more than ten thousand pounds.  The pres-
ence in such vehicle of a radar detector or laser detector connected  to
a  power  source and in an operable condition is presumptive evidence of
its use by any person operating such vehicle.  Such presumption shall be
rebutted by any credible and reliable evidence which tends to show  that
such radar detector or laser detector was not in use.
  B.  NO RADAR OR LASER BLOCKING DEVICE SHALL BE USED IN ANY MOTOR VEHI-
CLE. THE PRESENCE IN SUCH VEHICLE OF A RADAR OR  LASER  BLOCKING  DEVICE
CONNECTED  TO A POWER SOURCE AND IN AN OPERABLE CONDITION IS PRESUMPTIVE
EVIDENCE OF ITS USE BY ANY PERSON OPERATING SUCH VEHICLE.  SUCH PRESUMP-
TION SHALL BE REBUTTED BY ANY CREDIBLE AND RELIABLE EVIDENCE WHICH TENDS
TO SHOW THAT SUCH RADAR OR LASER BLOCKING DEVICE WAS NOT IN USE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03280-01-3

S. 1480                             2

  2. The provisions of this section shall not be construed as  authoriz-
ing  the  seizure or forfeiture of a radar detector [or], laser detector
OR RADAR OR LASER BLOCKING DEVICE, unless otherwise provided by law.
  3.  A  violation  of the provisions of this section shall constitute a
traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor
more than one hundred dollars.
  S 3. Subdivision (g) of section 1180 of the vehicle and  traffic  law,
as  amended  by  chapter  173 of the laws of 1990 and paragraphs (i) and
(ii) as amended by chapter 101 of the laws of 1999, is amended  to  read
as follows:
  (g) (i) No person who uses a radar or laser detector in a vehicle with
a  gross vehicle weight rating of more than eighteen thousand pounds, or
a commercial motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight  rating  of  more
than  ten  thousand pounds, OR WHO USES A RADAR OR LASER BLOCKING DEVICE
IN ANY MOTOR VEHICLE, shall drive at a speed  in  excess  of  fifty-five
miles  per hour or, if a maximum speed limit other than fifty-five miles
per hour as hereinbefore authorized has been established, at a speed  in
excess  of such speed limit. The presence in any such vehicle of either:
(1) a radar or laser detector  OR  A  RADAR  OR  LASER  BLOCKING  DEVICE
connected  to  a  power  source  and  in an operable condition; or (2) a
concealed radar or laser detector OR A CONCEALED RADAR OR LASER BLOCKING
DEVICE where a part of such detector  OR  BLOCKING  DEVICE  is  securely
affixed  to  some  part  of  the vehicle outside of the cab, in a manner
which renders the detector OR THE BLOCKING DEVICE not  readily  observa-
ble,  is  presumptive  evidence  of its use by any person operating such
vehicle. Either such presumption shall be rebutted by any  credible  and
reliable  evidence which tends to show that such radar or laser detector
OR SUCH RADAR OR LASER BLOCKING DEVICE was not in use.
  (ii) The provisions of this section shall not be construed as  author-
izing  the seizure or forfeiture of a radar or laser detector OR A RADAR
OR LASER BLOCKING DEVICE, unless otherwise provided by law.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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