Prohibits disruption of a funeral procession by making it illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to force his/her way into the line of said procession.
BILL NUMBER: S3119A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the safety of funeral processions
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : Prohibits disruption of a funeral procession by making it illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to force his/her way into the line of said procession.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This legislation amends subdivision (c) of section 1129 of the vehicle and traffic law. This legislation would make it illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to forcefully enter the space between vehicles in a funeral procession.
JUSTIFICATION : Not all citizens of this state have the honor of being assigned a police escort during a funeral procession. This bill would help maintain the dignity and respect that is due to all deceased citizens of New York State and help protect the safety of those involved in a funeral procession.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3119--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 11, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, C. JOHNSON, ONORA- TO, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Commit- tee on Codes -- 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 safety of funeral processions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (c) of section 1129 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to read as follows: (c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SECTION, A DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE SHALL NOT FORCE- FULLY ENTER THE SPACE BETWEEN VEHICLES IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION SO AS TO DISRUPT THE ORDERLY PROGRESSION AND MOVEMENT OF SAID PROCESSION. A VIOLATION OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE A TRAFFIC INFRACTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04314-02-0