Bill Text: NY S00367 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Creates the teen driver safety commission consisting of 12 members; requires the commission to study, examine and review the issue of teen driver safety; requires the commission to report its findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-20 - COMMITTED TO RULES [S00367 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00367-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
        AN ACT to establish the teen driver safety commission and providing  for
          its powers and duties; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
          upon the expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative declaration. The legislature hereby  finds  and
     2  declares:  (a) that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death
     3  for  teens;  (b) the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to
     4  19 year olds than among any other age group; and  (c)  the  presence  of
     5  teen  passengers  increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers.
     6  The legislature therefore finds and declares that a teen  driver  safety
     7  commission shall be established pursuant to this act.
     8    § 2. Teen driver safety commission. 1. The commission shall consist of
     9  twelve  members. Four of the members shall be appointed by the governor,
    10  of which one shall be from the department of motor  vehicles.  Three  of
    11  the members shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate.
    12  Three  of the members shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly.
    13  One member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate.  One
    14  member  shall  be  appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. All
    15  appointments shall be made within thirty days of the effective  date  of
    16  this act.
    17    2.  The commission shall, within twenty days following the appointment
    18  of all its members, elect a chairperson from among such members.
    19    3. The commission shall study, examine and review the  issue  of  teen
    20  driver safety.  In conducting its study, the commission shall:
    21    (a)  study  and  evaluate the availability and effectiveness of driver
    22  education and training programs in the state, as well as a selection  of
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  driver  education  and  training  programs offered throughout the United
     2  States;
     3    (b)  survey  and assess the problems of driving under the influence of
     4  drugs and alcohol and aggressive driving among teens;
     5    (c) review the impact of distracting behaviors while driving,  includ-
     6  ing,  but not limited to, the use of hands-free electronic communication
     7  devices and the manual use of non-standard audio devices;
     8    (d) determine the type of motor vehicle violations that are most often
     9  associated with accidents involving teen drivers;
    10    (e) evaluate the role and utilization of defensive driving  and  acci-
    11  dent prevention programs;
    12    (f)  determine and analyze any non-standard safety devices that may be
    13  available; and
    14    (g) consider any other issues  or  matters  the  commission  may  deem
    15  appropriate to fulfill the scope of its charge.
    16    4.  Additionally,  the  commission  shall analyze and provide measures
    17  that may mitigate the risks associated with the operation of motor vehi-
    18  cles by teen drivers. Such measures shall include, but  not  be  limited
    19  to:
    20    (a)  requiring  the  parents  of  a  teen  driver  to attend all court
    21  proceedings  and  hearings  associated  with  motor  vehicle  violations
    22  charged to such teen driver;
    23    (b)  assessing fines or penalties to the parents of a teen driver when
    24  they knowingly allow such driver to operate a motor vehicle in violation
    25  of a class restriction; and
    26    (c) prohibiting anyone, other than family  members  or  a  supervising
    27  driver, from riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle operated by a teen
    28  driver.
    29    5. The commission shall report its findings, conclusions and recommen-
    30  dations to the governor and legislature no later than one hundred eighty
    31  days after the effective date of this act.
    32    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect
    33  until  the  one  hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law,
    34  when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.