senate Bill S400

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Increases the penalties for overtaking and passing a school bus

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S400 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1174, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1367
2009-2010: S5085

S400 - Bill Texts

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Increases the penalties for overtaking and passing a school bus; provides that for the first conviction a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $350 nor more than $500; provides that for a second conviction a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $800; also provides that for a third conviction a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $800 nor more than $1000.

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BILL NUMBER:S400

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to increasing the
penalties for
passing a school bus
with its red lights illuminated indicating that it is picking
up or discharging students

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Increases the penalties for passing a school bus with its red lights
illuminated indicating that it is picking up or discharging students.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This legislation would amend subdivision (c) of section 1174 of the
Vehicle and Traffic Law by increasing the fine amounts associated
with passing a stopped school bus with its red lights illuminated.

JUSTIFICATION:
Overtaking a school bus exacts a heightened and unconscionable threat
to the lives of millions of New York children who ride the bus each
day. New York State needs to set a precedent of zero tolerance for
such law breakers, and ensure that our children's safety is put at
the forefront of our state's agenda.

Overtaking a school bus place many vulnerable lives at risk, and those
who break this law should be stopped and punished in way that
reflects the severity of the crime.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12 - S.1367
2009-10 - S.5085/A.7348

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect the 90 day after it shall has become law.

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

                                   400

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DILAN  -- 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  increasing
  the penalties for passing a school bus with its red lights illuminated
  indicating that it is picking up or discharging students

  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] THREE HUNDRED FIFTY dollars  nor  more
than  [four]  FIVE  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]
FIVE hundred dollars nor more than [seven hundred fifty]  EIGHT  HUNDRED
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 committed within a period of
three years, such person shall be punished by a fine of  not  less  than
[seven  hundred  fifty] EIGHT HUNDRED dollars nor more than one thousand
dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one hundred eighty days  or
by both such fine and imprisonment.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00699-01-3

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