Bill S5276-2011

Directs the commissioner of motor vehicles to establish a next of kin registry for holders of drivers' licenses, learners' permits and non-driver identification

Directs the commissioner of motor vehicles to establish a next of kin registry for holders of drivers' licenses, learners' permits and non-driver identification cards: such holders may submit their emergency contact information to be used by police in the event the holder is injured or killed.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 19, 2012: referred to transportation
  • Jun 19, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 19, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • May 21, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 16, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 15, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.777
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • May 3, 2011: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - May 15, 2012
Ayes (18): Fuschillo, Johnson, Larkin, Maziarz, McDonald, Nozzolio, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Young, Zeldin, Adams, Diaz, Kennedy, Perkins, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Valesky
Ayes W/R (1): Dilan

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5276

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing a next of kin registry for holders of drivers' licenses, learners' permits and non-driver identification cards

PURPOSE: To create a "next of kin registry" in the State of New York.

SUMMARY: Section 1 amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law by adding a new section (215-a) in order to require the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish and operate a statewide internet site to be known as the "next of kin registry." The commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles will be required to create a system by which the license/ID holder can sign in using their card number and add emergency contacts who are 18 years or older. The emergency contact will be contacted by an investigating police officer in the event of an accident pursuant to the new Section 606 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law provided for in Section 2 of this legislation.

Section 2 creates a new Section 606 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law in order to provide for appropriate times an investigating police officer should attempt to contact the emergency contact provided for in the "next of kin registry" including any event resulting in physical injury, death, or incapacitation.

Section 3 provides the act take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law; provided, that, effective immediately, any actions necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

JUSTIFICATION: When there is a motor vehicle accident, family members of the victims should be informed in a timely manner.

Current law provides no way for police officers to find contact information for a victims' emergency contacts in the event of an accident.

This bill amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law by adding a new section (215-a) in order to establish a statewide internet site to be known as the "next of kin registry." Holders of drivers' licenses, learners' permits and non..driver identification cards will be able to visit the website and use their card number to register up to two emergency contacts. The emergency contacts must be 18 years or older. In the event of an accident resulting in physical injury, death, or incapacitation, the investigating police officer will then attempt to contact the emergency contact(s) provided for in the online registry.

This bill includes a specific provision to protect registrants from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law. Only police officers is the specific instances outlined in this bill will be permitted to

access emergency contact information provided in the "next of kin registry."

Motor vehicle accidents can be traumatic for the victims and their family members. It is inexcusable in this technological age that there be anything preventing the quick notice of a victims' next of kin in the event there is an accident resulting in physical injury, death, or incapacitation. This legislation will allow New York State's Department of Motor Vehicles to apply a similar system to other state's online registry's for "next of kin" emergency contacts.

HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPACT: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law; provided, that, effective immediately, any actions necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5276 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 3, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 a next of kin registry for holders of drivers' licenses, learners' permits and non-driver identification cards 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 215-a to read as follows: S 215-A. NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH AND OPERATE, WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, AN AUTOMATED, STATEWIDE INTERNET ACCES- SIBLE WEBSITE TO BE KNOWN AS THE "NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY". SUCH REGISTRY SHALL BE CAPABLE OF STORING EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE HOLDERS OF DRIVERS' LICENSES, LEARNERS' PERMITS AND NON-DRIVER IDENTIFICATION CARDS TO BE ACCESSIBLE BY POLICE OFFICERS PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED SIX OF THIS CHAPTER. ANY HOLDER OF A DRIVER'S LICENSE, LEARNER'S PERMIT OR NON-DRIVER IDENTIFICATION CARD MAY VOLUNTARILY SUBMIT, VIA AN INTERNET WEBSITE ESTABLISHED THEREFOR, THE NAMES, ADDRESSES AND TELE- PHONE NUMBERS OF TWO EMERGENCY CONTACTS FOR INCLUSION IN THE NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY. 2. IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCESS WHEREBY ANY HOLDER OF A DRIVER'S LICENSE, LEARNER'S PERMIT OR NON-DRIVER IDENTIFICATION CARD MAY ELECTRONICALLY SIGN INTO THE DEPARTMENT INTERNET WEBSITE USING HIS OR HER LICENSE, PERMIT OR CARD NUMBER. THEREAFTER, SUCH HOLDER MAY ENTER HIS OR HER EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NOT MORE THAN TWO EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSONS, OR MAY REVISE OR UPDATE PREVIOUSLY ENTERED EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION. 3. INFORMATION IN THE NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE SOLELY FOR THE USE OF POLICE OFFICERS PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED SIX OF THIS CHAPTER. THE INFORMATION IN THE NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY SHALL
BE DEEMED TO BE CONFIDENTIAL AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SIX OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW. 4. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "EMERGENCY CONTACT" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON, EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, DESIGNATED BY THE HOLDER OF A DRIVER'S LICENSE, LEARNER'S PERMIT OR NON-DRIVER IDENTIFICATION CARD TO BE CONTACTED BY A POLICE AGENCY WHEN SUCH HOLDER IS RENDERED UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE DUE TO PHYSICAL INJURY, DEATH OR INCAPACITATION. S 2. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 606 to read as follows: S 606. NOTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY CONTACTS. WHEN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCI- DENT OR ANY OTHER EVENT RESULTS IN PHYSICAL INJURY, DEATH OR INCAPACI- TATION OF ANY PERSON, THE POLICE OFFICER INVESTIGATING SUCH ACCIDENT OR EVENT SHALL ATTEMPT TO LOCATE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT OF THE INJURED PERSON FROM THE NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTEEN-A OF THIS CHAPTER. A POLICE OFFICER SHALL, WHEN PRACTI- CABLE, EXPEDITIOUSLY NOTIFY AN EMERGENCY CONTACT OF EACH SUCH INJURED PERSON AND INFORM THE EMERGENCY CONTACT OF THE HOSPITAL OR OTHER LOCATION AT WHICH THE INJURED PERSON HAS BEEN TAKEN. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, that, effective immediately, any actions necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effec- tive date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

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