senate Bill S5746

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting a pedestrian from using a portable electronic device while crossing a roadway

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Transportation Committee


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May 14, 2019 referred to transportation

S5746 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1516
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1158, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A10315

S5746 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits a pedestrian from using a portable electronic device while crossing a roadway.

S5746 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5746 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5746

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LIU  --  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
  a  pedestrian from using a portable electronic device while crossing a
  roadway

  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 1158 to read as follows:
  § 1158. USE OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES.  (A) NO  PEDESTRIAN  SHALL
CROSS A ROADWAY AT ANY POINT WHILE USING ANY PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE.
  (B)  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION: 1. "PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE"
SHALL MEAN ANY HANDHELD MOBILE TELEPHONE, AS DEFINED BY SUBDIVISION  ONE
OF  SECTION TWELVE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE-C OF THIS TITLE, PERSONAL DIGITAL
ASSISTANT (PDA), HANDHELD DEVICE WITH MOBILE DATA ACCESS, LAPTOP COMPUT-
ER, PAGER, BROADBAND PERSONAL COMMUNICATION  DEVICE,  TWO-WAY  MESSAGING
DEVICE,  ELECTRONIC  GAME,  OR  PORTABLE  COMPUTING DEVICE, OR ANY OTHER
ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHEN USED TO INPUT, WRITE, SEND, RECEIVE, OR READ TEXT
FOR PRESENT OR FUTURE COMMUNICATION.
  2. "USING" SHALL MEAN HOLDING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHILE VIEW-
ING, TAKING OR TRANSMITTING IMAGES, PLAYING GAMES, OR, FOR  THE  PURPOSE
OF  PRESENT  OR FUTURE COMMUNICATION: PERFORMING A COMMAND OR REQUEST TO
ACCESS A WORLD WIDE WEB  PAGE,  COMPOSING,  SENDING,  READING,  VIEWING,
ACCESSING,  BROWSING,  TRANSMITTING,  SAVING  OR RETRIEVING E-MAIL, TEXT
MESSAGES, INSTANT MESSAGES, OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DATA.
  (C) SUBDIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO: 1. THE USE  OF
A  PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF COMMUNICATING WITH
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING REGARDING  AN  EMERGENCY  SITUATION:  AN  EMERGENCY
RESPONSE OPERATOR; A HOSPITAL; A PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE OR HEALTH CLINIC; AN
AMBULANCE COMPANY OR CORPS; A FIRE DEPARTMENT, DISTRICT OR COMPANY; OR A
POLICE DEPARTMENT; AND

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

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