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A06695 Summary:

BILL NOA06695
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORCrespo
 
COSPNSRCrouch, Lupardo, Barclay, Hunter
 
MLTSPNSRMcDonough, Ra
 
Amd 502, V & T L
 
Establishes a motorcycle safety awareness component as a requirement for licensing.
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A06695 Actions:

BILL NOA06695
 
03/15/2017referred to transportation
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A06695 Memo:

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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A06695 Text:



 
                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.
                                                                   LBD07622-02-7

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     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.
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