|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Crouch, Lupardo, Barclay, Hunter|
|Amd §502, V & T L|
|Establishes a motorcycle safety awareness component as a requirement for licensing.|
|03/15/2017||referred to transportation|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6695 SPONSOR: Crespo (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requirements for licensing   PURPOSE: To require motorcycle safety and awareness be part of the mandatory pre-licensing course and testing required of new drivers, in order to educate such drivers as to the potential dangers to persons operating motorcycles on our roads.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new paragraph c-3 to subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law to add a motorcycle safety and awareness component to the mandatory five hour pm-licensing class required of all new drivers. Section 2 also amends section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law to add motorcycle safety awareness questions to the written lest required to be passed by new drivers in the state. Section 3 provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In 2012 alone, the DMV reported that 1082 people lost their lives due to motorcycle accidents. in the past decade, over 10,000 motorcyclists have lost their lives in New York State. Motorcycle crashes often occur because of the failure of other drivers' awareness of motorcycle traffic on the road. Including motorcycle safety and awareness as components of the pre-li- censing education and testing of new drivers will help to prevent motor- cycle crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by drivers who share the road with motorcycle traffic.   LEGISLATION HISTORY: A6845 of 2015 died in transportation. A9083 of 2013 died in Assembly Transportation, Passed Senate   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. The pre-licensing course and written test are already in place.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6695 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY March 15, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. CRESPO, CROUCH, LUPARDO, BARCLAY, HUNTER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. LOPEZ, McDONOUGH, RA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requirements for licensing The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law 2 is amended by adding a new paragraph (c-3) to read as follows: 3 (c-3) "Motorcycle Safety" awareness component. The commissioner shall 4 provide in the pre-licensing course, set forth in paragraph (b) of this 5 subdivision, a mandatory component in "Motorcycle Safety" awareness 6 education as a prerequisite for obtaining a license to operate a motor 7 vehicle. The purpose of the component is to educate prospective licen- 8 sees on the potential dangers to persons operating motorcycles on the 9 roadway. 10 § 2. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 502 11 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 97 of the laws of 12 2016, is amended to read as follows: 13 (i) Upon submission of an application for a driver's license, the 14 applicant shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit evidence 15 of passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic, the 16 laws relating to driving while ability is impaired and while intoxicat- 17 ed, under the overpowering influence of "Road Rage", [ or] "Work Zone 18 Safety" awareness and "Motorcycle Safety" awareness as defined by the 19 commissioner, the law relating to exercising due care to avoid colliding 20 with a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle or 21 hazard vehicle pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a of this 22 chapter, the ability to read and comprehend traffic signs and symbols 23 and such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe, and to satis- 24 factorily complete a course prescribed by the commissioner of not less EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07622-02-7A. 6695 2 1 than four hours and not more than five hours, consisting of classroom 2 driver training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent there- 3 of. Such test shall include at least seven written questions concerning 4 the effects of consumption of alcohol or drugs on the ability of a 5 person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal and financial conse- 6 quences resulting from violations of section eleven hundred ninety-two 7 of this chapter, prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while 8 under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such test shall include one or 9 more written questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage" 10 on the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal and 11 financial consequences resulting from assaulting, threatening or inter- 12 fering with the lawful conduct of another person legally using the road- 13 way. Such test shall include one or more questions concerning the poten- 14 tial dangers to persons and equipment resulting from the unsafe 15 operation of a motor vehicle in a work zone. Such test shall include one 16 or more questions concerning the potential dangers to persons operating 17 motorcycles on the road. Such test may include one or more questions 18 concerning the law for exercising due care to avoid colliding with a 19 parked, stopped or standing vehicle pursuant to section eleven hundred 20 forty-four-a of this chapter. Such test shall be administered by the 21 commissioner. The commissioner shall cause the applicant to take a 22 vision test and a test for color blindness. Upon passage of the vision 23 test, the application may be accepted and the application fee shall be 24 payable. 25 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.