Bill S400-2013

Increases the penalties for overtaking and passing a school bus

Increases the penalties for overtaking and passing a school bus; provides that for the first conviction a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $350 nor more than $500; provides that for a second conviction a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $800; also provides that for a third conviction a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $800 nor more than $1000.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S400

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to increasing the penalties for passing a school bus with its red lights illuminated indicating that it is picking up or discharging students

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Increases the penalties for passing a school bus with its red lights illuminated indicating that it is picking up or discharging students.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation would amend subdivision (c) of section 1174 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law by increasing the fine amounts associated with passing a stopped school bus with its red lights illuminated.

JUSTIFICATION: Overtaking a school bus exacts a heightened and unconscionable threat to the lives of millions of New York children who ride the bus each day. New York State needs to set a precedent of zero tolerance for such law breakers, and ensure that our children's safety is put at the forefront of our state's agenda.

Overtaking a school bus place many vulnerable lives at risk, and those who break this law should be stopped and punished in way that reflects the severity of the crime.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 - S.1367 2009-10 - S.5085/A.7348

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the 90 day after it shall has become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 400 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- 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 increasing the penalties for passing a school bus with its red lights illuminated indicating that it is picking up or discharging students THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (c) of section 1174 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 254 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: (c) Every person convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) of this section shall: for a first conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than [two hundred fifty] THREE HUNDRED FIFTY dollars nor more than [four] FIVE hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days or by both such fine and imprisonment; for a conviction of a second violation, both of which were committed within a period of three years, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than [six] FIVE hundred dollars nor more than [seven hundred fifty] EIGHT HUNDRED dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one hundred eighty days or by both such fine and imprisonment; upon a conviction of a third or subsequent violation, all of which were committed within a period of three years, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than [seven hundred fifty] EIGHT HUNDRED dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one hundred eighty days or by both such fine and imprisonment. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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