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Bill S539-2011

Relates to authorizing forms of licenses to include blood types

Establishes a pilot program directing the department of motor vehicles to establish a confidential database of the emergency medical information of drivers who elect to participate; such information would only be provided to emergency medical personnel when a participant was in need of care.







An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing forms of licenses to include blood types


To provide persons holding New York State Driver's Licenses with the opportunity to have blood type information included on the driver's license.


The bill would amend §504 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to authorize the form of a driver's license to include adequate space for a licensee's blood type to be recorded, if the licensee so chooses. It also authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to consult with the Commissioner of the Department of Health on the inclusion of such blood type information.


No provision currently exists for inclusion of a licensee's blood type upon a New York State Driver's License.


Time is of the essence when emergency medical staff are treating injuries of accident victims. One way to save valuable time is to ensure that a person's blood type is known to rescuers and medical personnel as soon as possible. The ABO blood group system, discovered in 1901, contains 4 blood types: A,B,AB and O. The Rh, or rhysus, system classifies blood into Rh-positive and Rh-negative categories. ABO incompatibilities are the major cause of fatal transfusion reactions; Rh antibodies develop as an adverse response after transfusion. Typing and cross matching blood ensures a safe match, but takes time and effort that may not be spared in an active life saving situation. Type 0, which is 'universal donor blood', may often be used, but is typically in very short supply.

with over 2 million traffic accidents annually and many other incidents, accidents and rescue situations occurring regularly, providing quick access to blood type information ensures delivery of swift and effective aid.


2002 - A.9463 - Referred to Transportation 2004 - A.3197 - Referred to Transportation 2006 - S.3293 - Referred to Transportation 2008 - S.2233 - Referred to Transportation 2010 - S.1830 - Referred to Transportation


Minimal cost to DMV of including a space on licenses for blood type information.


365 days after enactment, with the DMV Commissioner authorized to promulgate necessary rules and regulations immediately.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 539 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. KLEIN, BRESLIN, SAMPSON, SMITH -- 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 authorizing forms of licenses to include blood types THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 504 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as separately amended by chapters 568 and 639 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: (a) Every license or renewal thereof shall contain a distinguishing mark and adequate space upon which an anatomical gift, pursuant to section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law, by the licen- see shall be recorded and shall contain such other information and shall be issued in such form as the commissioner shall determine; PROVIDED, HOWEVER THAT EVERY LICENSE OR RENEWAL THEREOF SHALL CONTAIN A DISTIN- GUISHING NUMBER OR MARK AND ADEQUATE SPACE UPON WHICH THE LICENSEE'S BLOOD TYPE MAY BE RECORDED AT THE OPTION OF THE LICENSEE, AND SHALL CONTAIN SUCH OTHER RELATED INFORMATION AND SHALL BE ISSUED IN SUCH FORM AS THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, SHALL DETERMINE; provided, however, every license or renewal thereof issued to a person under the age of twenty-one years shall have promi- nently imprinted upon it the statement "UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE" in nota- bly distinctive print or format; provided further, however, every license or renewal thereof issued to a person making an anatomical gift shall have prominently printed upon the front of such license or renewal thereof the statement "ORGAN DONOR" in notably distinctive print or format. The commissioner shall not require fees for the issuance of such licenses or renewals thereof to persons under twenty-one years of age or to persons making an anatomical gift which are different from the fees
required for the issuance of licenses or renewals thereof to persons twenty-one years of age or over or to persons not making an anatomical gift. S 2. This act shall take effect on the three hundred sixty-fifth day after it shall have become a law and shall apply to licenses and renewals thereof issued on or after such day. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such effective date.


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