|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 03, 2021||referred to transportation|
senate Bill S4259
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Transportation Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4259 (ACTIVE) - Details
S4259 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S4259 SPONSOR: GRIFFO TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the executive law, in relation to the field testing of mobile telephones and portable elec- tronic devices after a motor vehicle accident or collision involving damage to real or personal property, personal injury or death PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to increase enforcement of existing prohibi- tions on the use of mobile telephone and/or personal electronic devices while driving through the creation of a field test that law enforcement may conduct at the scene of the accident. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1- Sets forth the legislative intent.
S4259 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4259 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 3, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- 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 and the executive law, in relation to the field testing of mobile telephones and portable elec- tronic devices after a motor vehicle accident or collision involving damage to real or personal property, personal injury or death THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that the use of mobile telephones and/or personal electronic devices has dras- tically increased the prevalence of distracted driving. This destructive behavior endangers the lives of every driver and passenger traveling on New York state roadways. In 2001, this legislature enacted legislation prohibiting the use of mobile telephones while driving, and in 2009 updated the law to include all portable electronic devices. The execu- tive branch initiated a public campaign against cell phone use while driving, and has even established "text stops" along all major highways. While these efforts have brought much needed attention to the dangers of distracted driving, reports indicate that 67 percent of drivers admit to continued use of their cell phones while driving despite knowledge of the inherent danger to themselves and others on the road. A 10 year trend of declining collisions and casualties was reversed this year as crashes are up 14 percent, and fatalities increased 8 percent, suggest- ing that the problem has not only gotten worse, but is still greatly misunderstood. Furthermore, law enforcement has a difficult time enforcing these public safety laws, especially after an accident where it is impossible to discern whether the operator of a motor vehicle was in fact using his or her cell phone immediately prior to or at the time of the collision. Empowering our law enforcement with technology, which is able to imme- diately determine cell phone usage without an inquiry into the content, EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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