Senate Bill S6497

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Enacts the "vehicular violence accountability act"

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Current Bill Status - Stricken

  • 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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2023-S6497 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §502, V & T L; add Art 126 §§126.00 - 126.20, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S7298
2021-2022: S3534

2023-S6497 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the vehicular violence accountability act defining vehicular violence and establishing related offenses.

2023-S6497 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S6497 (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
                              April 24, 2023
 Introduced  by  Sens.  KENNEDY,  HOYLMAN-SIGAL -- read twice and ordered
   printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Trans-
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  vehicle  and  traffic law and the penal law, in
   relation to enacting the "vehicular violence accountability act"

   Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
 the "vehicular violence accountability act".
   § 2. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) and paragraphs (b) and  (d)  of
 subdivision  4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended
 by chapter 379 of the laws of 2022, are  amended  and  a  new  paragraph
 (c-6) is added to read as follows:
   (i)  Upon  submission  of  an  application for a driver's license, the
 applicant shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit  evidence
 of  passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic, the
 laws relating to driving while ability is impaired and while  intoxicat-
 ed,  under the overpowering influence of "Road Rage", "Work Zone Safety"
 awareness, "Motorcycle Safety" awareness and "Pedestrian  and  Bicyclist
 Safety"  awareness  as  defined by the commissioner, "School Bus Safety"
 awareness, THE LAWS RELATING TO VEHICULAR VIOLENCE, the law relating  to
 exercising  due care to avoid colliding with a parked, stopped or stand-
 ing authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle pursuant  to  section
 eleven  hundred  forty-four-a  of  this chapter, the ability to read and
 comprehend traffic signs and symbols  and  such  other  matters  as  the
 commissioner  may  prescribe,  and  to  satisfactorily complete a course
 prescribed by the commissioner of not less than four hours and not  more
 than  five  hours,  consisting  of classroom driver training and highway
 safety instruction or the equivalent thereof. Such test shall include at
 least seven written questions concerning the effects of  consumption  of
 alcohol  or  drugs on the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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