senate Bill S320

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Authorizing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the efficacy of motorcycle helmets

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to transportation
Jan 09, 2019 referred to transportation

S320 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A10452
2017-2018: S7549, A43
2021-2022: A1107

S320 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes the commissioner of transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the efficacy of motorcycle helmets.

S320 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S320 (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  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2019

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

AN ACT authorizing the  commissioner  of  transportation  to  conduct  a
  comprehensive study on the efficacy of motorcycle helmets


  Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature  recognizes  that  head
injuries  are  the  leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes nation-
wide, but also may be prevented in many cases with  the  use  of  proper
protective  headgear. As such, it is vitally important that all motorcy-
clists and passengers wear federal department  of  transportation  (DOT)
approved  helmets  as required by section 381 of the vehicle and traffic
law to prevent injuries and fatalities.  Moreover, it is imperative that
a motorcyclist utilize a DOT-approved helmet that is the  correct  style
for the type of riding that they are engaged in and that is an appropri-
ate  size and fit for their head shape and face structure so that it can
function properly in the event of a crash.
  To date, there has not been a comprehensive  study  conducted  in  New
York  state  to examine the efficacy of the variety of styles of DOT-ap-
proved motorcycle helmets or the guidelines and  safety  protocols  that
inform  the  rider  of  how  to properly fit and use this equipment. The
legislature therefore supports the commissioning  of  such  a  study  in
order  to  assess  the effectiveness of motorcycle helmets in preventing
fatality and injury, the functionality of a helmet when improperly  worn
and the protocols in place to inform the consumer of how to properly fit
and wear this equipment.
  §  2. The department of transportation shall undertake a comprehensive
study on the effectiveness of motorcycle helmets in preventing  injuries
and fatalities. The scope of this study shall include:

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


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