S02259 Summary:

Amd 1225-c, V & T L
Prohibits drivers of school buses from using hands free mobile telephones and provides for certain exceptions.
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S02259 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 20, 2021
        Introduced  by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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  drivers  of
          school buses using hands-free mobile telephones
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and  traffic
     2  law is amended by adding a new paragraph (e) to read as follows:
     3    (e)  No  driver  of  a  school  bus  as defined in section one hundred
     4  forty-two of this chapter shall use a hands-free mobile telephone  while
     5  operating  a  school  bus except in the case of an emergency pursuant to
     6  paragraph (a) of subdivision three of this section or if the school  bus
     7  is  parked, for purposes other than dropping off or picking up students,
     8  at the side of, or off, a public highway in a location where such  vehi-
     9  cle  is  not otherwise prohibited from stopping by law, rule, regulation
    10  or any lawful order or direction of a police officer.
    11    § 2. Subdivision 3 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and  traffic  law,
    12  as  added  by  chapter  69  of  the  laws of 2001, is amended to read as
    13  follows:
    14    3. Subdivision two of this section shall not apply to (a) the use of a
    15  mobile telephone for the sole purpose of communicating with any  of  the
    16  following regarding an emergency situation: an emergency response opera-
    17  tor;  a  hospital,  physician's  office  or  health clinic; an ambulance
    18  company or corps; a fire department, district or company;  or  a  police
    19  department, (b) any of the following persons while in the performance of
    20  their  official duties: a police officer or peace officer; a member of a
    21  fire department, district or company; or the operator of  an  authorized
    22  emergency vehicle as defined in section one hundred one of this chapter,
    23  or (c) the use of a hands-free mobile telephone, except in the case of a
    24  driver  operating  a school bus pursuant to paragraph (e) of subdivision
    25  two of this section.
    26    § 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    27  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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