Senate Bill S6202

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Provides for certain presumptions for reckless driving and the implementation of a reckless driving and vehicular violence awareness component of the pre-licensing course for driver's licenses

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  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2021-S6202 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7032
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1212, 1146 & 502, V & T L; amd §2336, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S6202, A7032

2021-S6202 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for certain presumptions for reckless driving and the implementation of a reckless driving and vehicular violence awareness component of the pre-licensing course for driver's licenses.

2021-S6202 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2021-S6202 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                            
 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6202
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 15, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  KENNEDY,  GOUNARDES,  HOYLMAN  --  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 insurance law, in
   relation to reckless driving and  the  implementation  of  a  reckless
   driving  and vehicular violence awareness component of the pre-licens-
   ing course for driver's licenses
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   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 "although 83% of drivers surveyed believe driving is
 a  safety  concern, a startling number say they are comfortable speeding
 (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
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

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