senate Bill S6837

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the commissioner, when processing reports of accidents filed, to give priority to reports involving serious physical injury or death

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
May 05, 2014 advanced to third reading
Apr 30, 2014 2nd report cal.
Apr 29, 2014 1st report cal.411
Mar 18, 2014 referred to transportation

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Apr 29, 2014 - Transportation committee Vote

S6837
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S6837 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2206
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง606, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A4216
2009-2010: A5547

S6837 - Bill Texts

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Requires the commissioner, when processing reports of accidents filed, to give priority to reports involving serious physical injury or death.

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BILL NUMBER:S6837

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to the processing of accident reports

PURPOSE: To provide more timely information about accident locations,
thereby improving mitigation efforts at dangerous locations to prevent
future accidents.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would add a new Section 606 to the
Vehicle and Traffic Law, to require the Commissioner of the Department
of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to give priority to the processing of reports
of accidents involving serious physical injury or death.

JUSTIFICATION: Factors contributing to motor vehicle related deaths
and injuries are generally broken into two categories, the factors
that contribute to the actual cause of the accident, and those that
contribute to the severity of the accident. According to testimony
submitted at a recent Assembly joint hearing on "Preventing Deaths and
Injuries Caused by Reckless or Negligent Drivers," while human factors
are the major causes of accidents, the severity of an accident can be
attributed to factors such as speed, angle of collision, rigidity of
the object impacted, the design of the roadside environment, the
vehicle itself, and the location and action of the occupants.

Engineering and the design of the roadside environment can help to
reduce both the probability and the severity of vehicle crashes. But
one of the most important features of a preventive safety program is
data that is timely, thereby allowing for the identification of high
risk or problem areas and more rapid response to addressing factors at
such locations.

This bill is intended to ensure that the- data necessary for roadside
accident mitigation efforts is available in a timelier manner by
prioritizing the processing of accident reports involving serious
physical injury or death. Having this data available More quickly
after the occurrence of an accident will allow quicker .response for
making any necessary changes at accident locations to avoid or reduce
the severity of potential future crashes.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after enactment.

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

                                  6837

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 18, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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 process-
  ing of accident reports

  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 606 to read as follows:
  S 606. PROCESSING OF REQUIRED REPORTS. THE COMMISSIONER, WHEN PROCESS-
ING REPORTS OF ACCIDENTS FILED PURSUANT  TO  THIS  ARTICLE,  SHALL  GIVE
PRIORITY  TO  REPORTS  INVOLVING  SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY (AS DEFINED IN
SUBDIVISION TEN OF SECTION 10.00 OF THE PENAL LAW) OR DEATH.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have  become  a  law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
for  the  implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized
and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01764-01-3

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