Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 28, 2020||
referred to transportation
Senate Bill S7894
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Transportation Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-S7894 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Transportation
- Law Section:
- Vehicle and Traffic Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §§1212, 509-e, 510-a, 516-b, 530, 1696, 1699 & 1810, V & T L; amd §§2335 & 3425, Ins L; amd §§120.04-a, 125.14 & 270.25, Pen L; amd §§2408 & 2411, UDCA; amd §19-506, NYC Ad Cd
- Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
2019-S7894 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7894 SPONSOR: GOUNARDES TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, the insurance law, the penal law, the uniform district court act, and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to redefining reckless driving as dangerous driving PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will allow for the easier prosecution of dangerous driving by removing the burden of proving intent on the part of the driver from prosecutors. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one is a statement of legislative intent that acknowledges that the public perception of what is acceptable driving behavior has changed in the wake of "vision zero" initiatives. Section two amends Section
2019-S7894 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7894 I N S E N A T E February 28, 2020 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- 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, the insurance law, the penal law, the uniform district court act, and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to redefining reckless driving as dangerous driving THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The Legislature recognizes the height- ened responsibility of operating a multi-ton car or truck and that such motor vehicle is a dangerous instrument under state law that, in an instant, can cause lethal physical harm. For example, when operating a car at 30 miles per hour the average risk of a pedestrian dying upon impact with such car is 40%, at 40 miles per hour the risk of death is 80%, and at speeds greater than 50 miles per hour the likelihood of death is near certain at nearly 100%. When deaths resulting from alcohol-impaired driving were reduced from approximately 30,000 annually in the early 1980s across the United States to approximately 10,000 annually in recent years, that remarkable reduction was achieved in part by the certainty experienced by drivers that they would suffer legal consequences for driving impaired and risk- ing the lives of themselves and others, resulting from changes in laws prohibiting impaired driving. However, that certainty does not exist for other types of dangerous driving. A 2016 survey by the National Safety Council showed that "[a]lthough 83% of drivers surveyed believe driving is a safety concern, a startling number say they are comfortable speed- ing (64%) [and] texting either manually or through voice controls (47%)," whereas far fewer (10%) say they are comfortable driving after they feel they've had too much alcohol. This shows that, while drunk driving has become socially unacceptable, most other forms of dangerous driving have not, and New Yorkers are paying the price with lives lost and bodies and families shattered. Moreover, the New York City Depart- ment of Transportation estimated in 2010 that the annual cost of all EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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