Requires the commissioner, when processing reports of accidents filed, to give priority to reports involving serious physical injury or death.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the processing of accident reports
PURPOSE: To provide more timely information about accident locations, thereby improving mitigation efforts at dangerous locations to prevent future accidents.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would add a new Section 606 to the Vehicle and Traffic Law, to require the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to give priority to the processing of reports of accidents involving serious physical injury or death.
JUSTIFICATION: Factors contributing to motor vehicle related deaths and injuries are generally broken into two categories, the factors that contribute to the actual cause of the accident, and those that contribute to the severity of the accident. According to testimony submitted at a recent Assembly joint hearing on "Preventing Deaths and Injuries Caused by Reckless or Negligent Drivers," while human factors are the major causes of accidents, the severity of an accident can be attributed to factors such as speed, angle of collision, rigidity of the object impacted, the design of the roadside environment, the vehicle itself, and the location and action of the occupants.
Engineering and the design of the roadside environment can help to reduce both the probability and the severity of vehicle crashes. But one of the most important features of a preventive safety program is data that is timely, thereby allowing for the identification of high risk or problem areas and more rapid response to addressing factors at such locations.
This bill is intended to ensure that the- data necessary for roadside accident mitigation efforts is available in a timelier manner by prioritizing the processing of accident reports involving serious physical injury or death. Having this data available More quickly after the occurrence of an accident will allow quicker .response for making any necessary changes at accident locations to avoid or reduce the severity of potential future crashes.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6837 IN SENATE March 18, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- 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 the process- ing of accident reports 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 606 to read as follows: S 606. PROCESSING OF REQUIRED REPORTS. THE COMMISSIONER, WHEN PROCESS- ING REPORTS OF ACCIDENTS FILED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, SHALL GIVE PRIORITY TO REPORTS INVOLVING SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY (AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TEN OF SECTION 10.00 OF THE PENAL LAW) OR DEATH. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a 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 is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01764-01-3