senate Bill S1632A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits operation of any motor vehicle equipped with any device which affects the operation of traffic-control signals

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 03, 2020 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 10, 2020 advanced to third reading
Feb 05, 2020 2nd report cal.
Feb 04, 2020 1st report cal.350
Jan 08, 2020 referred to transportation
returned to senate
died in assembly
Feb 28, 2019 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 12, 2019 amended on third reading 1632a
Jan 29, 2019 advanced to third reading
Jan 28, 2019 2nd report cal.
Jan 23, 2019 1st report cal.53
Jan 15, 2019 referred to transportation

Votes

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Feb 4, 2020 - Transportation committee Vote

S1632A
15
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committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jan 22, 2019 - Transportation committee Vote

S1632
15
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committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S1632 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3625
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§154-a & 397-c, amd §1115, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1807, A2791
2011-2012: S1208, A1638, A10245
2013-2014: S3994, A1269
2015-2016: S2203, A1015
2017-2018: S3249, A278
2021-2022: S1637, A6518

S1632 - Summary

Prohibits the operation of any motor vehicle equipped with a device which affects the operation of traffic-control signals; provides that the possession of such a device shall constitute a traffic infraction, use thereof is a class A misdemeanor, and use which results in personal injury or death shall constitute a class E felony.

S1632 - Sponsor Memo

S1632 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1632

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SKOUFIS -- 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, in relation to  prohibiting
  the use of any device which affects the operation of a traffic-control
  signal

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

  Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 397-c to read as follows:
  §  397-C.  INTERFERENCE  WITH  A  TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL. 1. NO PERSON
SHALL OPERATE ANY MOTOR VEHICLE, EXCEPT AN AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY  VEHICLE
OR  AUTHORIZED  PUBLIC  TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE, WHICH HE OR SHE KNOWS IS
EQUIPPED WITH A DEVICE CAPABLE OF AFFECTING THE OPERATION OF ANY  TRAFF-
IC-CONTROL  SIGNAL.  THE  PRESENCE  IN  A MOTOR VEHICLE OF SUCH A DEVICE
CONNECTED TO A POWER SOURCE AND IN AN OPERABLE CONDITION IS  PRESUMPTIVE
EVIDENCE  OF  THE  OPERATOR'S  KNOWLEDGE OF THE DEVICE. SUCH PRESUMPTION
SHALL BE REBUTTED BY ANY CREDITABLE EVIDENCE WHICH TENDS  TO  SHOW  THAT
THE  OPERATOR OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE PRESENCE OF SUCH
DEVICE.
  2. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON  USING
SUCH A DEVICE WHILE ENGAGED IN THE AUTHORIZED MAINTENANCE OR REPAIR OF A
TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL.
  3.  A  VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL CONSTITUTE A
TRAFFIC INFRACTION PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT  LESS  THAN  ONE  HUNDRED
DOLLARS NOR MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
  4.   A VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION WHILE USING SUCH A
DEVICE TO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF A TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL SHALL CONSTI-
TUTE A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
  5. A VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION WHILE USING  SUCH  A
DEVICE  TO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF A TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL AND SUCH USE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00309-01-9

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S1632A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3625
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§154-a & 397-c, amd §1115, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1807, A2791
2011-2012: S1208, A1638, A10245
2013-2014: S3994, A1269
2015-2016: S2203, A1015
2017-2018: S3249, A278
2021-2022: S1637, A6518

S1632A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits the operation of any motor vehicle equipped with a device which affects the operation of traffic-control signals; provides that the possession of such a device shall constitute a traffic infraction, use thereof is a class A misdemeanor, and use which results in personal injury or death shall constitute a class E felony.

S1632A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1632A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 1632--A
    Cal. No. 53

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- reported
  favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second  report,
  ordered  to  a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
  its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  prohibiting
  the use of any device which affects the operation of a traffic-control
  signal

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

  Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 154-a to read as follows:
  §  154-A.    TRAFFIC-CONTROL  SIGNAL  PREEMPTION  DEVICE.  ANY  DEVICE
DESIGNED OR USED TO CHANGE OR ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE  SIGNAL  INDICATIONS
OF  A  TRAFFIC-CONTROL  SIGNAL  OR  TRAFFIC-CONTROL  DEVICE.  THIS SHALL
INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, A MOBILE INFRARED TRANSMITTER  OR  OTHER
DEVICE  THAT  IS  CAPABLE OF SENDING A SIGNAL THAT INTERRUPTS OR CHANGES
THE SEQUENCE PATTERNS OF AN OFFICIAL TRAFFIC-CONTROL DEVICE OR  TRAFFIC-
CONTROL SIGNAL.
  §  2.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
397-c to read as follows:
  § 397-C. UNAUTHORIZED SALE, PURCHASE, OR USE OF TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL
PREEMPTION DEVICE.
  1. NO PERSON SHALL BUY, POSSESS, MANUFACTURE, INSTALL, SELL, OFFER FOR
SALE,  OR  OTHERWISE  DISTRIBUTE  A  TRAFFIC-CONTROL  SIGNAL  PREEMPTION
DEVICE,  UNLESS  THE  PURCHASE,  POSSESSION,  MANUFACTURE, INSTALLATION,
SALE, OFFER FOR SALE, OR DISTRIBUTION IS FOR USE OF  THE  DEVICE  BY  AN
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE OR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE.
  2.  (A) EXCLUDING AN AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE OR AUTHORIZED PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE OPERATING WITHIN THE SCOPE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL
DUTIES, NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE ANY MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH HE OR SHE  KNOWS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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