senate Bill S8051

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts Ruby's Law providing for mandatory testing of breath, blood or urine in the event of a motor vehicle collision resulting in death or injury

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 16, 2016 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1916
Jun 08, 2016 referred to rules

S8051 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7890
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง603-a & 1194, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A8560
2017-2018: S5562

S8051 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts Ruby's Law providing for mandatory testing of breath, blood or urine in the event of a motor vehicle collision resulting in death or injury; provides immunity from civil liability for those health care providers who comply with the provisions of law requiring such testing.

S8051 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8051 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  8051

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 8, 2016
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. VENDITTO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation  to  mandatory
  testing  in the event of a motor vehicle collision resulting in injury
  or death

  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 "Ruby's Law".
  S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 603-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as
added by chapter 408 of the laws of 2001, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  In  addition  to  the requirements of section six hundred three of
this article, whenever a motor vehicle accident results in serious phys-
ical injury or death to a person, and such accident either is discovered
by a police officer, or reported to a police officer  within  five  days
after  such accident occurred, the police shall conduct an investigation
of such accident.
  (A) Such investigation shall be conducted for the purposes of making a
determination of the following: the facts and circumstances of the acci-
dent; the type or types of vehicles involved, including passenger  motor
vehicles,  commercial  motor vehicles, motorcycles, limited use motorcy-
cles, off-highway motorcycles, and/or bicycles; whether pedestrians were
involved; the contributing factor or factors; whether it can  be  deter-
mined  if a violation or violations of this chapter occurred, and if so,
the specific provisions of this chapter which were violated and by whom;
and, the cause of such accident, where such cause can be determined.
  (B) WHEN PRESENT AT THE SCENE  OF  SUCH  ACCIDENT,  THE  INVESTIGATING
OFFICER SHALL ALSO REQUEST THAT ALL OPERATORS OF MOTOR VEHICLES INVOLVED
IN  SUCH  ACCIDENT SUBMIT TO A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST AS DEFINED IN SECTION
ELEVEN HUNDRED NINETY-FOUR OF THIS CHAPTER PROVIDED THERE ARE REASONABLE
GROUNDS TO BELIEVE SUCH MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR COMMITTED A SERIOUS TRAF-
FIC VIOLATION IN THE SAME ACCIDENT. UPON REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO SUCH TEST-
ING, SUCH PERSON SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS  OF  SECTION  ELEVEN
HUNDRED  NINETY-FOUR OF THIS CHAPTER. THE RESULTS OF SUCH FIELD SOBRIETY
AND CHEMICAL TESTS OR REFUSALS OF SUCH TESTS SHALL BE  INCLUDED  IN  THE

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

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