Establishes a visor card for the deaf and hard of hearing.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing visor communication cards for the deaf and hard of hearing
PURPOSE: This bill will create distinctive visor communication cards for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in New York State.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new section 404-x establishing a visor communication card for the New York state deaf and hard of hearing. Such e card will he issued by the DMV and will detail appropriate procedures for assisting a deaf of hard of hearing driving during a traffic stop. A fee shall be assessed for obtaining this card.
Section 2 states that this act shall take effect in 180 days after being signed into law.
JUSTIFICATION: Distinctive visor communication cards for the deaf and hard of hearing will allow for the easy identification of such drivers while traveling on roadways across the state. Visor communication cards will grant emergency personnel and law enforcement officers the ability to identify hard of hearing or deaf individuals when approaching such vehicles. It is important that law enforcement officers and emergency personnel are aware that such motorists may not hear verbal commands, nor respond as anticipated. Visor communication cards will allow for a person involved in a traffic stop or an accident to better communicate with law enforcement and emergency personnel.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.8117 of 2009/2010
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 180th day after becoming law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4801 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 25, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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 establishing visor communication cards for the deaf and hard of hearing 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 404-x to read as follows: S 404-X. VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD FOR THE NEW YORK STATE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS: (A) "DEAF PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON WHO, BECAUSE OF HEARING LOSS, IS NOT ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE SPEECH WHEN SPOKEN IN A NORMAL CONVERSA- TIONAL TONE REGARDLESS OF THE USE OF AMPLIFICATION DEVICES; AND (B) "HARD OF HEARING PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON WHO, BECAUSE OF HEARING LOSS, HAS A DIMINISHED CAPACITY TO DISCRIMINATE SPEECH WHEN SPOKEN IN A NORMAL CONVERSATIONAL TONE. (C) "VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD" SHALL MEAN SUCH IDENTIFICATION AS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT WHICH IDENTIFIES THE DRIVER AS DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING, AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION, AND WHICH DETAILS THE APPROPRIATE PROCEDURES FOR ASSISTING A DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING DRIVER DURING A TRAF- FIC STOP AS PROMULGATED BY THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 2. ANY PERSON RESIDING IN THIS STATE, UPON REQUEST AND ACCOMPANIED BY A DOCTOR'S STATEMENT INDICATING SUCH PERSON IS EITHER DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING, SHALL BE ISSUED A VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING OF A DESIGN APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. APPLICATION FOR SUCH VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE. 3. A VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ONEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01257-01-1 S. 4801 2
YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR SO MUCH THEREOF AS MAY BE AVAILABLE, SHALL BE ALLOCATED FROM SUCH FUND TO THE DEPARTMENT TO OFFSET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH VISOR COMMUNICATION CARDS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen- tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such effective date.