senate Bill S3641

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts "Steven's Law" to require passengers of motor vehicles involved in personal injury accidents to report such accident when the operator does not stop

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S3641 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง600, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4613
2009-2010: A2180

S3641 - Bill Texts

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Enacts "Steven's Law"; requires passengers of motor vehicles involved in personal injury accidents to report such accident when the operator of such motor vehicle does not stop or provide information to the injured party.

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BILL NUMBER:S3641

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation
to enacting "Steven's Law" to require the reporting of personal injury
motor vehicle accidents by passengers

PURPOSE: To require a passenger of a motor vehicle involved in a
personal injury accident to report the accident when he or she knows the
operator of the motor vehicle did not stop and provide information to
either the injured party and/or to a police officer.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 2 amends section 600 of the vehicle and traffic law to add a new
subdivision 3 that provides that a passenger, knowing or having cause to
know that personal injury has been caused to another person due to an
incident involving the moter vehicle which they are a passenger and
where the operator of said vehicle has not stopped and provided informa-
tion to the injured party and/or a police officer, the passenger shall
report the incident as soon as physically able to the nearest police
station or judicial officer.

Failure to do so shall constitute a class B misdemeanor and is punisha-
ble by a fine of not less than $250 or more then $500 in addition to any
other penalties provided by law.

Section 3 provides that this act shall take effect on the first of
November after the date on which it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: On March 22, 2007, 17-year old Steven Bacon was the
victim of a hit-and-run accident in the town of Ashland. His body wasn't
discovered until the next day. The driver of the vehicle turned himself
into the police the next day but only after the driver of another vehi-
cle, a friend of the driver who witnessed the incident, insisted that he
turn himself in. Also in the vehicle that killed Steven Bacon was a
passenger who was also a witness to the incident.

Although no one can know for certain whether Steven Bacon would've
survived his injuries had his body been discovered sooner, there is no
doubt that there were people with knowledge that something horrible had
happened that night whose failure to come forward resulted in Steven
Bacon's body laying in the culvert on the shoulder of the road for well
over 12 hours.

The driver was charged, in addition to manslaughter in the second
degree, with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident in
violation of vehicle and traffic law section 600(2). However, his
passenger was under no legal obligation to report the accident even
though he was fully aware that a body flew over the car in which he was
tiding, and also aware that the driver neither stopped nor reported the

incident. This legislation creates that legal obligation for a passenger
of a vehicle to report the incident if the driver does not.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-S. 4613

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: The first of November after 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3641

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. O'MARA, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER -- 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  enacting
  "Steven's Law" to require the reporting of personal injury motor vehi-
  cle accidents by passengers

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

  Section 1.  This act shall be known and  may  be  cited  as  "Steven's
Law".
  S  2.  Section 600 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3. REPORT BY PASSENGER. ANY PASSENGER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE,  KNOWING  OR
HAVING  CAUSE  TO  KNOW  THAT PERSONAL INJURY HAS BEEN CAUSED TO ANOTHER
PERSON DUE TO AN INCIDENT INVOLVING THE MOTOR VEHICLE OF WHICH THEY  ARE
A  PASSENGER, AND WHERE THE OPERATOR OF SUCH VEHICLE HAS NOT STOPPED AND
PROVIDED INFORMATION TO THE INJURED PARTY AND/OR TO  A  POLICE  OFFICER,
SHALL  REPORT  SUCH  INCIDENT  AS SOON AS PHYSICALLY ABLE TO THE NEAREST
POLICE STATION OR JUDICIAL OFFICER. A VIOLATION  OF  THE  PROVISIONS  OF
THIS  SUBDIVISION SHALL CONSTITUTE A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE BY A
FINE OF NOT LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED  FIFTY  NOR  MORE  THAN  FIVE  HUNDRED
DOLLARS IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER PENALTIES PROVIDED BY LAW.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November 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.
                                                           LBD08534-01-3

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