assembly Bill A1291

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Causes a person who engages in certain non-driving activities while driving to be guilty of inattentive driving

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Jan 11, 2017 referred to transportation

A1291 - Details

Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1212-a, amd §§1212 & 1809, V & T L; add §98-d, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A229
2013-2014: A1263
2011-2012: A1534
2009-2010: A786

A1291 - Summary

Causes a person who engages in certain non-driving activities while driving to be guilty of inattentive driving; provides that inattentive driving is considered a traffic infraction; provides that if a person commits three violations of inattentive driving during an eighteen month period, he or she is guilty of reckless driving.

A1291 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1291

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 11, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. GANTT -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  inattentive
  driving,  and  to amend the state finance law, in relation to creating
  the attentive driver education fund

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

  Section  1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds and
determines that  the  National  Highway  Traffic  Safety  Administration
(NHTSA), whose mission it is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce
traffic related health care costs and other economic costs through regu-
lation,  enforcement,  economic  incentives, educational programs, basic
and applied research, and technology demonstration programs, has taken a
particular interest in the issue of driver distraction.
  The legislature finds that NHTSA encourages states to actively enforce
their reckless and inattentive driving laws, regardless of the causes of
such behavior.
  For this reason, the legislature finds  that  New  York  state  should
vigorously  enforce  its current reckless driving law and enact an inat-
tentive driving statute to better discourage drivers  from  engaging  in
non-driving  related  activities while driving or using a motor vehicle;
activities that can interfere with or endanger  other  users  of  public
highways.
  The  legislature further directs the governor's traffic safety commit-
tee to create a public outreach program to inform and educate the public
about the dangers of reckless and inattentive driving and  to  encourage
safe driving habits.
  S  2.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
1212-a to read as follows:
  S 1212-A. INATTENTIVE  DRIVING.  1.  INATTENTIVE  DRIVING  SHALL  MEAN
ENGAGING  IN  ANY  NON-DRIVING  ACTIVITY  WHILE DRIVING A MOTOR VEHICLE,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01436-01-7

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