senate Bill S2306

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Provides for the field testing for use of mobile telephones and portable electronic devices while driving after an accident or collision

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Finance Committee


  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Actions

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 21, 2017 reported and committed to finance
Jan 12, 2017 referred to transportation

Votes

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Mar 21, 2017 - Transportation committee Vote

S2306
12
0
committee
12
Aye
0
Nay
7
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S2306 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3955
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§215, 503 & 511, add §1225-e, V & T L; amd §837, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
S6325A, A8613A

S2306 - Summary

Provides for the field testing for use of mobile telephones and portable electronic devices while driving after an accident or collision.

S2306 - Sponsor Memo

S2306 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  2306

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 12, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MURPHY,  AVELLA,  RANZENHOFER  --  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 and the executive law, in
  relation to the field testing of mobile telephones and portable  elec-
  tronic  devices  after a motor vehicle accident or collision involving
  damage to real or personal property, personal injury or death

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that the
use of mobile telephones and/or personal electronic  devices  has  dras-
tically increased the prevalence of distracted driving. This destructive
behavior  endangers the lives of every driver and passenger traveling on
New York state roadways. In 2001, this legislature  enacted  legislation
prohibiting  the  use  of  mobile  telephones while driving, and in 2009
updated the law to include all portable electronic devices.  The  execu-
tive  branch  initiated  a  public campaign against cell phone use while
driving, and has even established "text stops" along all major highways.
While these efforts have brought much needed attention to the dangers of
distracted driving, reports indicate that 67 percent of drivers admit to
continued use of their cell phones while driving  despite  knowledge  of
the  inherent  danger  to  themselves  and others on the road. A 10 year
trend of declining collisions and casualties was reversed this  year  as
crashes  are up 14 percent, and fatalities increased 8 percent, suggest-
ing that the problem has not only gotten worse,  but  is  still  greatly
misunderstood.
  Furthermore,  law  enforcement  has  a  difficult time enforcing these
public safety laws, especially after an accident where it is  impossible
to discern whether the operator of a motor vehicle was in fact using his
or her cell phone immediately prior to or at the time of the collision.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02344-01-7

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