assembly Bill A3201

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to providing 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 Assembly Committee

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to transportation
Jan 28, 2019 referred to transportation


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A3201 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
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 Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A8613, S6325
2017-2018: A3955, S2306

A3201 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for the field testing for use of mobile telephones and portable electronic devices while driving after an accident or collision; allows police departments the option to participate in such field testing.

A3201 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 28, 2019

  HEVESI, WEPRIN, CRESPO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.  McDONOUGH,
  SIMON -- read once and referred 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


  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
  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.


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