Bill S1311-2013

Relates to accident and investigation reports

Relates to accident and investigation reports and requires reports submitted to the commissioner of motor vehicles to include an enumeration of any convictions on the operating record of the operator of each motor vehicle involved in an accident.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1311

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requirements for accident and investigation reports

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to include information on accident reports pertaining to prior convictions on the operating record of the operator of motor vehicles involved in an accident.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation amends subdivision 1 of section 603 of the vehicle and traffic law as amended by chapter 432 of the laws of 1997; and also amends subdivision 1 of section 603-a of the vehicle and traffic law as added by chapter 408 of the laws of 2001.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, police officers have the discretion to disclose information about a motorists' prior accident history to a victim of an accident. Victims have the right to request accident reports, but these reports do not document prior offenses of the motorists. This legislation will require accident reports to detail a motorists' accident history as it relates to the type of offense laid out in the accident report.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: A.11633 - New bill in Senate 2011. 2011-2012: S.4432/A.294

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1311 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 requirements for accident and investigation reports THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 603 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 432 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: 1. Every police or judicial officer to whom an accident resulting in injury to a person shall have been reported, pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this chapter, shall immediately investigate the facts, or cause the same to be investigated, and report the matter to the commis- sioner forthwith; provided, however, that the report of the accident is made to the police officer or judicial officer within five days after such accident. Every coroner, or other official performing like func- tions, shall likewise make a report to the commissioner with respect to all deaths found to have been the result of motor vehicle or motorcycle accidents. Such report shall include information on the width and length of trucks, tractors, trailers and semitrailers, which are in excess of ninety-five inches in width or thirty-four feet in length and which are involved in such accidents, whether such accident took place in a work area and whether it was being operated with an overweight or overdimension permit. Such report shall distinctly indicate and include information as to whether the inflatable restraint system inflated and deployed. Nothing contained in this subdivision shall be deemed to preclude a police officer from reporting any other accident which, in the judgment of such police officer, would be required to be reported to the commissioner by the operator of a vehicle pursuant to section six hundred five of this article. ANY REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE COMMISSIONER
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION BY A POLICE OR JUDICIAL OFFICER SHALL INCLUDE AN ENUMERATION OF ANY CONVICTIONS ON THE OPERATING RECORD OF THE OPERA- TOR OR OPERATORS OF EACH MOTOR VEHICLE INVOLVED IN SUCH ACCIDENT FOR ANY VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE, TITLE SEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER, OR PROVISIONS OF THE PENAL LAW FOR WHICH A VIOLATION OF TITLE SEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 603-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 408 of the laws of 2001, is amended to read as follows: 1. In addition to the requirements of section six hundred three of this article, whenever a motor vehicle accident results in serious phys- ical injury or death to a person, and such accident either is discovered by a police officer, or reported to a police officer within five days after such accident occurred, the police shall conduct an investigation of such accident. Such investigation shall be conducted for the purposes of making a determination of the following: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the type or types of vehicles involved, including passenger motor vehicles, commercial motor vehicles, motorcycles, limit- ed use motorcycles, off-highway motorcycles, and/or bicycles; whether pedestrians were involved; the contributing factor or factors; whether it can be determined if a violation or violations of this chapter occurred, and if so, the specific provisions of this chapter which were violated and by whom; and, the cause of such accident, where such cause can be determined. The police shall forward a copy of the investigation report to the commissioner within five business days of the completion of such report. ALL INVESTIGATION REPORTS SUBMITTED TO THE COMMISSIONER PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE AN ENUMERATION OF ANY CONVICTIONS ON THE OPERATING RECORD OF THE OPERATOR OR OPERATORS OF EACH MOTOR VEHI- CLE INVOLVED IN SUCH ACCIDENT FOR ANY VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE, TITLE SEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER, OR PROVISIONS OF THE PENAL LAW FOR WHICH A VIOLATION OF TITLE SEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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