assembly Bill A1147

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Redefines reckless driving to be dangerous driving

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Jan 07, 2021 referred to transportation


A1147 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly 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:
A8881, S7894

A1147 (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.

A1147 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                              January 7, 2021
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A. QUART, NOLAN -- read once and referred 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
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.