senate Bill S376

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the safety of funeral processions

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

S376 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1144-b, amd §1129, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2292
2011-2012: S3329
2015-2016: S1495
2017-2018: S5105

S376 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the safety of funeral processions; provides that vehicles participating in funeral procession shall have the right-of-way; makes it illegal for any vehicle to forcefully enter spaces between vehicles in a procession; provides that vehicles entering a procession illegally shall be subject to a civil fine of up to $100 (view more) provides that drivers in a funeral procession must exercise reasonable duty of care and shall yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles with siren or lights activated.

S376 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S376 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   376

                       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, in relation to  the  safety
  of funeral processions

  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 1144-b to read as follows:
  S 1144-B. OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES ON APPROACH OF MOTOR VEHICLES IN
A FUNERAL PROCESSION. (A) UPON THE IMMEDIATE APPROACH OF A MOTOR VEHICLE
WHICH  HAS  A  BLACK  FLAG  WITH THE WORD "FUNERAL" AFFIXED TO IT IN THE
MANNER PROVIDED FOR IN PARAGRAPH (FF) OF SUBDIVISION TWELVE-A OF SECTION
THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE OF THIS CHAPTER, THE DRIVER  OF  EVERY  OTHER
MOTOR  VEHICLE  SHALL YIELD THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AND SHALL IMMEDIATELY DRIVE
TO A POSITION PARALLEL TO, AND AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO,  THE  RIGHT-HAND
EDGE  OF  THE  HIGHWAY,  OR TO EITHER EDGE OF A ONE-WAY HIGHWAY THREE OR
MORE LANES IN WIDTH, CLEAR OF  ANY  INTERSECTION,  AND  SHALL  STOP  AND
REMAIN IN SUCH POSITION UNTIL THE MOTOR VEHICLE DISPLAYING SUCH FLAG HAS
PASSED, UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY A POLICE OFFICER.
  (B)  THIS  SECTION  SHALL NOT OPERATE TO RELIEVE THE DRIVER OF A MOTOR
VEHICLE PARTICIPATING IN A BURIAL OR FUNERAL PROCESSION FROM THE DUTY TO
DRIVE WITH REASONABLE CARE FOR ALL PERSONS USING THE HIGHWAY.
  (C) ANY PERSON OPERATING  A  MOTOR  VEHICLE  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL YIELD THE RIGHT-OF-WAY TO AN AUTHORIZED
EMERGENCY  VEHICLE  ENGAGED  IN  EMERGENCY  OPERATION  WITH ITS SIREN OR
LIGHTS ACTIVATED.
  S 2. Subdivision (c) of section 1129 of the vehicle and traffic law is
amended to read as follows:
  (c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business
or residence district in a caravan or motorcade whether  or  not  towing

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

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