senate Bill S374

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Increases penalties for violation of overtaking and passing a school bus and creates the crime of vehicular homicide in the third degree

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Jan 09, 2013 referred to transportation

S374 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A519
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1174 & 510, V & T L; add §125.11-A, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6937, A250
2009-2010: A10240

S374 - Bill Texts

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Increases penalties for violation of overtaking and passing a school bus; allows permissive suspension of a driver's license for up to six months for such violation, and creates the crime of vehicular homicide in the third degree.

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BILL NUMBER:S374

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the penal law, in relation to
increasing penalties for violation of overtaking and passing a school
bus and creating the crime of vehicular homicide in the third degree

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To increase various penalties for
individuals who pass a stopped school bus.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 increases the minimum
punishment for passing a school bus 3 times within 3 years.
Specifically the bill raises the maximum fine to $2,000 and the
maximum length of imprisonment to one year.

Section 2 allows a judge to revoke an individual's license for a
period of up to sixty days when such individual passes a stopped
school bus.

Section 3 deems it Vehicular manslaughter in the third degree (E
Felony) when an individual passes a stopped school bus and causes the
death of a child who is fifteen years of age or less.

Section 4 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Individuals who pass a stopped school bus pose a
serious threat to our school aged children. School buses are equipped
with numerous devices making it clear that children are either
embarking or disembarking. Increasing certain penalties as it
pertains to passing a stopped school bus brings greater attention to
the seriousness of these infractions.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.6818 - Died in Codes/A.250
2011: A.250 - Referred to Transportation
2012: S.6937 - Referred to Transportation/A.250Referred to T
Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect November 1 next succeeding
date which it shall have become law.

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

                                   374

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- 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  and  the  penal  law,  in
  relation to increasing penalties for violation of overtaking and pass-
  ing  a  school bus and creating the crime of vehicular homicide in the
  third degree

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

  Section  1. Subdivision (c) of section 1174 of the vehicle and traffic
law, as amended by chapter 254 of the laws of 2002, is amended  to  read
as follows:
  (c)  Every  person convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) of this
section shall: for a first conviction thereof, be punished by a fine  of
not  less  than  two  hundred  fifty  dollars nor more than four hundred
dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days or by both such
fine and imprisonment; for a conviction of a second violation,  both  of
which  were  committed within a period of three years, such person shall
be punished by a fine of not less than six hundred dollars nor more than
seven hundred fifty dollars or by imprisonment for  not  more  than  one
hundred  eighty  days  or  by  both  such  fine and imprisonment; upon a
conviction of a third or subsequent violation, all of which were commit-
ted within a period of three years, such person shall be punished  by  a
fine  of  not  less than seven hundred fifty dollars nor more than [one]
TWO thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than  [one  hundred
eighty days] ONE YEAR or by both such fine and imprisonment.
  S  2.  Paragraph  k of subdivision 3 of section 510 of the vehicle and
traffic law, as amended by chapter 124 of the laws of 1992,  is  amended
and a new paragraph l is added to read as follows:
  k.  for a period of up to ninety days because of the conviction of the
holder of the offenses of menacing as defined in section 120.15  of  the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00817-01-3

S. 374                              2

penal  law,  where such offense was committed against a traffic enforce-
ment agent employed by the city of New York or the city of Buffalo while
such agent was enforcing or attempting  to  enforce  the  traffic  regu-
lations of such city[.];
  L.  FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO SIXTY DAYS FOR A VIOLATION OF SECTION ELEVEN
HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR OF THIS CHAPTER.
  S 3. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 125.11-A to read
as follows:
S 125.11-A VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER IN THE THIRD DEGREE.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER IN THE THIRD DEGREE  WHEN
HE   OR   SHE   VIOLATES  SUBDIVISION  (A)  OF  SECTION  ELEVEN  HUNDRED
SEVENTY-FOUR OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW AND CAUSES THE  DEATH  OF  A
CHILD WHO IS FIFTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR LESS.
  VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER IN THE THIRD DEGREE IS A CLASS E FELONY.
  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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