Bill S3300-2011

Prohibits the use of digital license plate frames

Prohibits the use of digital license plate frames which are capable of producing still or scrolling texts or images.

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Actions

  • Jun 13, 2012: referred to transportation
  • Jun 13, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 13, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 13, 2012: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1231
  • Jun 13, 2012: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 22, 2011: referred to transportation
  • Jun 22, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 22, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • May 2, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 13, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 12, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.374
  • Feb 15, 2011: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - Apr 12, 2011
Ayes (14): Fuschillo, Johnson, McDonald, Nozzolio, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Young, Dilan, Adams, Kennedy, Perkins, Smith, Stavisky, Valesky
Ayes W/R (2): Larkin, Maziarz
Nays (1): Zeldin
Excused (2): Diaz, Squadron

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3300

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting the use of digital license plate frames

PURPOSE OF BILL: To eliminate a potentially dangerous distraction while driving, this bill seeks to prohibit the use of digital license plate frames.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation adds a new section 397-C to the vehicle and traffic law.

JUSTIFICATION: Digital license plate frames come in a variety of types and styles, yet share several common features. Generally, these frames are designed to display scrolling or flashing messages programmed through a remote control. The most common design uses Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to display the selected message near the license plate.

Depending on the type, the driver may be able to program their digital frame from within the vehicle while driving. Just as with the use of mobile phones while driving, programming digital license plate frames while operating a motor vehicle presents a hazard to everybody on the road. Regardless of the type, digital license plate frames distract other motorists from driving.

Prohibiting the use of these frames will eliminate one of the many sources of driver distraction, making our roads safer.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.7995 - Referred to Transportation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it becomes a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3300 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 15, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 digital license plate frames THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 397-c to read as follows: S 397-C. DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAMES PROHIBITED. 1. NO DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME SHALL BE USED IN ANY MOTOR VEHICLE. THE PRESENCE ON SUCH VEHICLE OF A DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME CONNECTED TO A POWER SOURCE AND IN AN OPERABLE CONDITION IS PRESUMPTIVE EVIDENCE OF ITS USE BY ANY PERSON OPERATING SUCH VEHICLE. SUCH PRESUMPTION SHALL BE REBUTTED BY ANY CREDIBLE AND RELIABLE EVIDENCE WHICH TENDS TO SHOW THAT SUCH DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME WAS NOT IN USE. 2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION THE TERM, "DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME" SHALL MEAN ANY DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STILL OR SCROLLING IMAGES OR TEXTS. 3. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AUTHORIZ- ING THE SEIZURE OR FORFEITURE OF A DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE FRAME, UNLESS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW. 4. A VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL CONSTITUTE A TRAFFIC INFRACTION PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF SIXTY-FIVE DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.

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