Makes the traffic infraction leaving the scene of an incident without reporting a class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars in addition to any other penalties provided by law.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (1): Squadron
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to making the traffic infraction leaving scene of an incident without reporting a class A misdemeanor
PURPOSE: This bill increases the penalty for leaving the scene of an incident causing personal property damage from a traffic infraction to a class A misdemeanor.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The closing paragraph of subdivision 1 of section 600 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 49 of the laws of 2005 is amended to make the traffic infraction leavening scene of an incident without reporting a class A misdemeanor.
JUSTIFICATION: Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime. Even in incidents where only personal property is damaged, a fleeing driver is abandoning his or her responsibility for causing destruction to someone else's property.
A traffic infraction penalty does not reflect the seriousness of the crime committed. This legislation eliminates this situation by increasing the penalty for fleeing the scene of an incident causing damage to personal property from a traffic infraction to a class A misdemeanor.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3198 of 2008/S.577 of 2009-10. S.923 of 2011/12 (Passed Senate, 2012).
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: An anticipated increase in fine revenues.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the 1st of November next succeeding the date on which it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1514 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 making the traffic infraction leaving scene of an incident without reporting a class A misdemeanor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The closing paragraph of subdivision 1 of section 600 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 49 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: A violation of the provisions of paragraph a of this subdivision shall constitute a
[traffic infraction]CLASS A MISDEMEANOR punishable by a fine of [up to two]NOT LESS THAN FIVE hundred [fifty]NOR MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND dollars [or a sentence of imprisonment for up to fifteen days or both such fine and imprisonment]IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER PENALTIES PROVIDED BY LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03250-01-3