Includes emergency vehicles displaying certain flashing light color combinations in provisions of law that require operators of vehicles to exercise due care when approaching.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the operation of vehicles when approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle
PURPOSE: This bill would expand current vehicle and traffic law to include emergency vehicles displaying certain flashing light combinations in provisions of law requiring operators of vehicles to exercise due care when approaching.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends subdivision a of section 1144-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 458 of the laws of 2011 to require motor vehicles to move over for an authorized emergency vehicle that is parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder or any portion of a highway to now include blue or white lights, or a combination of red, blue or white lights.
Section 2. Establishes the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: According to the National Safety Commission, every year thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency responders are injured or killed by passing vehicles on our nations roads and highways. New York state previously passed legislation making it mandatory for all motorists to move over to adjacent lanes when passing emergency vehicles displaying red or a combination of red and white flashing lights. This bill will serve to improve the overall safety for emergency personnel by amending this law to now include all flashing emergency lights (red, blue, white, or a combination of any or all of these lights).
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012 - S.6119A/A.9144A
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2318--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the opera- tion of vehicles when approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 1144-a of the vehicle and traf- fic law, as amended by chapter 458 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (a) Every operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with an authorized emergency vehicle which is parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder or any portion of such highway and such authorized emergency vehicle is displaying one or more red, BLUE OR WHITE or ANY combination OF red
[and], BLUE OR white lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph two of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter. For operators of motor vehi- cles on parkways or controlled access highways, such due care shall include, but not be limited to, moving from a lane which contains or is immediately adjacent to the shoulder where such authorized emergency vehicle displaying one or more red, BLUE OR WHITE or ANY combination OF red [and], BLUE OR white lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph two of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter is parked, stopped or standing to another lane, provided that such movement otherwise complies with the requirements of this chapter including, but not limited to, the provisions of sections eleven hundred ten of this title and eleven hundred twenty-eight of this title. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04029-02-3