senate Bill S5707

2023-2024 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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Current Bill Status - Passed Senate

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 10, 2023 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 01, 2023 advanced to third reading
Apr 26, 2023 2nd report cal.
Apr 25, 2023 1st report cal.694
Mar 13, 2023 referred to transportation


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S5707 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
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

S5707 (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.

S5707 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5707 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              March 13, 2023
   SEPULVEDA, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when print-
   ed 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
   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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