senate Bill S4834

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Authorizes drivers to disobey a traffic-control device or signal, after exercising reasonable care, in order to yield the right of way to an authorized emergency vehicle

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Transportation Committee

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to transportation
Mar 27, 2019 referred to transportation

S4834 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1110, 1111, 1113, 1116 & 1144, add §1111-f, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S7948
2015-2016: S1303
2017-2018: S355

S4834 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes drivers to disobey a traffic-control device or signal, after exercising reasonable care, in order to yield the right of way to an authorized emergency vehicle.

S4834 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4834 (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

                             March 27, 2019

Introduced  by  Sen.  FELDER -- 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  authorizing
  an  operator of a motor vehicle to disobey a traffic-control device or
  signal in the course of yielding the right of  way  to  an  authorized
  emergency vehicle


  Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 1110 of the vehicle and  traffic
law,  as  amended by chapter 259 of the laws of 1964, is amended to read
as follows:
  (a) Every person shall obey the instructions of any official  traffic-
control  device  applicable  to him OR HER placed in accordance with the
provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by  a  traffic  or
FORTY-FOUR  OF  THIS TITLE, subject to the exceptions granted the driver
of an authorized emergency vehicle in this title.
  § 2. Paragraphs 1 and 3 of subdivision (d)  of  section  1111  of  the
vehicle  and  traffic  law, paragraph 1 as amended by chapter 760 of the
laws of 1974 and paragraph 3 as amended by chapter 356 of  the  laws  of
1971  and  as renumbered by chapter 760 of the laws of 1974, are amended
to read as follows:
  1. Traffic, except pedestrians, facing a steady circular  red  signal,
unless  to make such other movement as is permitted by other indications
shown at the same time, shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if
none, then shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side  of
the  intersection,  or  in the event there is no crosswalk, at the point
nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver  has  a  view  of  the
approaching  traffic  on  the  intersecting  roadway before entering the
intersection and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is

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


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