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K01016 Summary:

MLTSPNSRAubry, Barclay, Barron, Blake, Byrne, Cahill, Carroll, Castorina, Cook, Crouch, Cusick, Englebright, Errigo, Fitzpatrick, Galef, Giglio, Gottfried, Hawley, Hunter, Jaffee, Jones, Lupardo, Magee, McDonald, McDonough, Miller B, Miller MG, Montesano, Morinello, Murray, Peoples-Stokes, Raia, Seawright, Sepulveda, Solages, Thiele, Titus, Walter, Weprin, Zebrowski
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K01016 Actions:

04/17/2018referred to calendar
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K01016 Memo:

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K01016 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 1016
BY: M. of A. Ortiz
        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        April 2018, as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in
        the State of New York
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of this Legislative Body to recognize
official months that are set aside  to  increase  awareness  of  serious
issues that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  April  2018,  as
Distracted Driving  Awareness  Month  in  the  State  of  New  York,  in
conjunction with the observance of National Distracted Driving Awareness
Month; and
  WHEREAS,  The  best  way to end distracted driving is to educate all
Americans about the danger it  poses;  each  and  every  death  is  100%
preventable,  from  texting  while  driving,  to  dashboard infotainment
systems to evolving voice command features;  just  one  second  of  your
attention is all it takes to change a life forever; and
  WHEREAS, In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured
in  motor  vehicle  crashes  involving distracted drivers; in 2017, 4.57
million  people  were  injured  seriously  enough  to  require   medical
attention; and
  WHEREAS,  Ten  percent of all drivers 16 to 19 years old involved in
fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time  of  the  crashes;
this age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted
at the time of the crashes (NHTSA); and
  WHEREAS,  At any given daylight moment across America, approximately
660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices
while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010 (NOPUS); and
  WHEREAS, Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road
while texting; when traveling at 55mph, that is enough time to cover the
length of a football field blindfolded (2009, VTTI); and
  WHEREAS,  Because  text  messaging  requires  visual,  manual,   and
cognitive  attention  from  a  driver,  it  is  by far the most alarming
distraction; and
  WHEREAS,  The  National  Highway   Traffic   Safety   Administration
estimates  that  crashes  caused  by  distracted driving cost the United
States approximately $175 billion per year; this  is  roughly  $148  per
every American; in 2017, costs to society totaled $413.8 billion; and
  WHEREAS,  The percentage of reported drivers texting and using their
cell phones while driving increased from 1.7  percent  in  2013  to  2.2
percent in 2014; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  first  six  months  of  2016,  driving fatalities
increased 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period  in  2015;
the  latest  statistics  show  that vehicle fatalities are up another 6%
since 2015; and
  WHEREAS,  It is imperative that there be greater public awareness on
the dangers of distracted driving, and more must  be  done  to  increase
activity at the local, state and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  April  2018,  as
Distracted  Driving  Awareness Month in the State of New York; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.
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