Prohibits the use of hands-free mobile telephones by operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits or class DJ or class MJ licenses.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting the use of mobile telephones by operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits
PURPOSE: This bill would prohibit the use of mobile telephones by operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends subdivision 3 and 4 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 69 of the laws of 2001 to prohibit the use of mobile telephones, even hands-free mobile telephones, by operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits.
JUSTIFICATION: The National Transportation Safety Board reports that young drivers make up just seven percent of the driving population, but are involved in 15 percent of the fatal crashes.
Young and/or inexperienced drivers, holding only a learner's permit, are behind the wheel for one purpose, to learn how to safely operate a vehicle. These drivers need their full attention on the road and the task of becoming a responsible driver.
The Safety Board has long been concerned with the issues of distracted driving and novice drivers. The Board recommended to all States to prohibit holders of learner's permits from using wireless mobile telephones while driving. This bill takes the necessary step of taking this unnecessary distraction out of the hands of drivers possessing only a learner's permit.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3499 of 2005/2006; S.629 of 2007/2008; S.604 of 2009/10. S.948-A of 2011/12.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1511 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- 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 prohibiting the use of mobile telephones by operators of motor vehicles who hold learner's permits THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 69 of the laws of 2001, is amended to read as follows: 3. Subdivision two of this section shall not apply to (a) the use of a mobile telephone for the sole purpose of communicating with any of the following regarding an emergency situation: an emergency response opera- tor; a hospital, physician's office or health clinic; an ambulance company or corps; a fire department, district or company; or a police department, (b) any of the following persons while in the performance of their official duties: a police officer or peace officer; a member of a fire department, district or company; or the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle as defined in section one hundred one of this chapter, or (c) the use of a hands-free mobile telephone, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE USE OF A HANDS-FREE MOBILE TELEPHONE SHALL BE PROHIBITED FOR AN OPERATOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WHO IS A HOLDER OF A LEARNER'S PERMIT. 4. A violation of subdivision two OR PARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBDIVISION THREE of this section shall be a traffic infraction and shall be punish- able by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03265-01-3