Senate Bill S7298

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the "vehicular violence accountability act"

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Transportation Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2019-S7298 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §502, V & T L; add Art 126 §§126.00 - 126.20, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2021-2022: S3534
2023-2024: S6497

2019-S7298 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the vehicular violence accountability act defining vehicular violence and establishing related offenses.

2019-S7298 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2019-S7298 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 16, 2020
 Introduced  by Sens. KENNEDY, HOYLMAN -- 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  penal  law,  in
   relation to enacting the "vehicular violence accountability act"

   Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
 the "vehicular violence accountability act".
   §  2.  Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) and paragraphs (b) and (d) of
 subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as  amended
 by  chapter  513  of  the  laws of 2019, are amended and a new paragraph
 (c-5) is added to read as follows:
   (i) Upon submission of an application  for  a  driver's  license,  the
 applicant  shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit evidence
 of passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic,  the
 laws  relating to driving while ability is impaired and while intoxicat-
 ed, under the overpowering influence of "Road Rage", "Work Zone  Safety"
 awareness  and  "Motorcycle  Safety" awareness as defined by the commis-
 sioner, "School Bus Safety" awareness, THE LAWS  RELATING  TO  VEHICULAR
 VIOLENCE,  the  law  relating  to exercising due care to avoid colliding
 with a parked, stopped  or  standing  authorized  emergency  vehicle  or
 hazard  vehicle  pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a of this
 chapter, the ability to read and comprehend traffic  signs  and  symbols
 and  such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe, and to satis-
 factorily complete a course prescribed by the commissioner of  not  less
 than  four  hours  and not more than five hours, consisting of classroom
 driver training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent  there-
 of.  Such test shall include at least seven written questions concerning
 the effects of consumption of alcohol or  drugs  on  the  ability  of  a
 person  to  operate  a  motor vehicle and the legal and financial conse-
 quences resulting from violations of section eleven  hundred  ninety-two
 of  this  chapter,  prohibiting  the  operation of a motor vehicle while
 under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such test shall include one  or
 more written questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage"
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets


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