senate Bill S1637

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Prohibits operation of any motor vehicle equipped with any device which affects the operation of traffic-control signals

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Feb 24, 2021 2nd report cal.
Feb 23, 2021 1st report cal.423
Jan 14, 2021 referred to transportation

Votes

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Feb 23, 2021 - Transportation committee Vote

S1637
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committee
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Aye
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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Transportation Committee Vote: Feb 23, 2021

S1637 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§154-a & 397-c, amd §1115, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1807
2011-2012: S1208
2013-2014: S3994
2015-2016: S2203
2017-2018: S3249
2019-2020: S1632

S1637 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits the operation of any motor vehicle equipped with a device which affects the operation of traffic-control signals; provides that the possession of such a device shall constitute a traffic infraction, use thereof is a class A misdemeanor, and use which results in personal injury or death shall constitute a class E felony.

S1637 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1637 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1637
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 14, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. SKOUFIS -- 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
   the use of any device which affects the operation of a traffic-control
   signal

   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 154-a to read as follows:
   §  154-A.    TRAFFIC-CONTROL  SIGNAL  PREEMPTION  DEVICE.  ANY  DEVICE
 DESIGNED OR USED TO CHANGE OR ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE  SIGNAL  INDICATIONS
 OF  A  TRAFFIC-CONTROL  SIGNAL  OR  TRAFFIC-CONTROL  DEVICE.  THIS SHALL
 INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, A MOBILE INFRARED TRANSMITTER  OR  OTHER
 DEVICE  THAT  IS  CAPABLE OF SENDING A SIGNAL THAT INTERRUPTS OR CHANGES
 THE SEQUENCE PATTERNS OF AN OFFICIAL TRAFFIC-CONTROL DEVICE OR  TRAFFIC-
 CONTROL SIGNAL.
   §  2.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
 397-c to read as follows:
   § 397-C. UNAUTHORIZED SALE, PURCHASE, OR USE OF TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL
 PREEMPTION  DEVICE.  1.  NO  PERSON  SHALL  BUY,  POSSESS,  MANUFACTURE,
 INSTALL, SELL, OFFER FOR SALE, OR OTHERWISE DISTRIBUTE A TRAFFIC-CONTROL
 SIGNAL  PREEMPTION DEVICE, UNLESS THE PURCHASE, POSSESSION, MANUFACTURE,
 INSTALLATION, SALE, OFFER FOR SALE, OR DISTRIBUTION IS FOR  USE  OF  THE
 DEVICE BY AN AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE OR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION VEHI-
 CLE.
   2.  (A) EXCLUDING AN AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE OR AUTHORIZED PUBLIC
 TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE OPERATING WITHIN THE SCOPE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL
 DUTIES, NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE ANY MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH HE OR SHE  KNOWS
 IS  EQUIPPED  WITH A TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL PREEMPTION DEVICE. THE PRES-
 ENCE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE OF A TRAFFIC-CONTROL  SIGNAL  PREEMPTION  DEVICE
 CONNECTED  TO A POWER SOURCE AND IN AN OPERABLE CONDITION IS PRESUMPTIVE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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