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S01495 Summary:

Add S1144-b, amd S1129, V & T L
Relates to the safety of funeral processions; provides that vehicles participating in funeral procession shall have the right-of-way; makes it illegal for any vehicle to forcefully enter spaces between vehicles in a procession; provides that vehicles entering a procession illegally shall be subject to a civil fine of up to $100; provides that drivers in a funeral procession must exercise reasonable duty of care and shall yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles with siren or lights activated.
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S01495 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 13, 2015
        Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- 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  the  safety
          of funeral processions
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     2  section 1144-b to read as follows:
     3    § 1144-b. Operation of motor vehicles on approach of motor vehicles in
     4  a funeral procession. (a) Upon the immediate approach of a motor vehicle
     5  which  has  a  black  flag  with the word "FUNERAL" affixed to it in the
     6  manner provided for in paragraph (ff) of subdivision twelve-a of section
     7  three hundred seventy-five of this chapter, the driver  of  every  other
     8  motor  vehicle  shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive
     9  to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to,  the  right-hand
    10  edge  of  the  highway,  or to either edge of a one-way highway three or
    11  more lanes in width, clear of  any  intersection,  and  shall  stop  and
    12  remain in such position until the motor vehicle displaying such flag has
    13  passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
    14    (b)  This  section  shall not operate to relieve the driver of a motor
    15  vehicle participating in a burial or funeral procession from the duty to
    16  drive with reasonable care for all persons using the highway.
    17    (c) Any person operating  a  motor  vehicle  in  accordance  with  the
    18  provisions of this section shall yield the right-of-way to an authorized
    19  emergency  vehicle  engaged  in  emergency  operation  with its siren or
    20  lights activated.
    21    § 2. Subdivision (c) of section 1129 of the vehicle and traffic law is
    22  amended to read as follows:
    23    (c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business
    24  or residence district in a caravan or motorcade whether  or  not  towing
    25  other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 1495                             2
     1  each  such  vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other
     2  vehicle to enter and occupy such space without  danger.  This  provision
     3  shall  not  apply  to  funeral  processions.   Notwithstanding any other
     4  provision  of this section, a driver of a motor vehicle shall not force-
     5  fully or otherwise enter the space between motor vehicles in  a  funeral
     6  procession so as to disrupt the orderly progression and movement of said
     7  procession.  Any  person who violates the provisions of this subdivision
     8  shall be punished by a civil fine of up to one hundred dollars.
     9    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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