senate Bill S7894

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Redefines reckless driving to be dangerous driving

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 28, 2020 referred to transportation


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 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S717, A1147

S7894 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Redefines reckless driving to be dangerous driving; imposes stronger penalties where physical injury occurs and provides that a driver may be convicted without a showing of multiple violations or an awareness of the risk of harm.

S7894 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7894 (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

                            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


  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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