Bill Text: NY S01375 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to the creation of a yellow alert system to be activated when a hit and run has resulted in death or serious injury, the investigating law enforcement agency has additional information concerning the suspect's vehicle, and when public dissemination of available information could either help avert further harm or accelerate apprehension of the suspect.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-14 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S01375 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S01375-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          1375
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 14, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  FUNKE  -- 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 creation
          of a yellow alert system to be  activated  when  a  hit  and  run  has
          resulted in death or serious injury
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     2  article 22-A to read as follows:
     3                                ARTICLE 22-A
     4                             YELLOW ALERT SYSTEM
     5  Section 620. Short title.
     6          621. Definitions.
     7          622. Procedure.
     8    §  620.  Short  title. This article shall be known and may be cited as
     9  the "yellow alert system".
    10    § 621. Definitions. As used in this article:  1. "Yellow alert"  shall
    11  mean  a  notification  system, activated pursuant to section six hundred
    12  twenty-two of this article, designed to coordinate alerts  with  respect
    13  to  a  hit and run incident resulting in the death or injury of a person
    14  as described in subdivision four of section six  hundred  twenty-two  of
    15  this article.
    16    2. "Hit and run" shall mean when a driver of a vehicle who is involved
    17  in  a collision with another vehicle, property or human being, knowingly
    18  fails to stop to give his or her name, license number, and other  infor-
    19  mation as required by section six hundred of this title.
    20    §  622.  Procedure.  1. If a hit and run incident is reported to a law
    21  enforcement agency, and that agency determines that the requirements  of
    22  subdivision four of this section are met, the agency may request the New
    23  York  state  police  to  activate  a yellow alert. If the New York state
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07119-01-9

        S. 1375                             2
     1  police concurs that the requirements of subdivision four of this section
     2  are met, it shall activate a yellow alert  within  the  geographic  area
     3  requested by the investigating law enforcement agency.
     4    2.  Radio, television, and cable and satellite systems are encouraged,
     5  but are not required, to cooperate with  disseminating  the  information
     6  contained in a yellow alert.
     7    3.  Upon activation of a yellow alert, the New York state police shall
     8  assist the investigating law enforcement agency by  issuing  the  yellow
     9  alert via a local digital sign.
    10    4.  A  law enforcement agency may request that a yellow alert be acti-
    11  vated if that agency determines that the following conditions are met in
    12  regard to the investigation of the hit and run incident:
    13    a. A person has been killed or has suffered serious bodily injury  due
    14  to a hit and run incident;
    15    b. The investigating law enforcement agency has additional information
    16  concerning  the  suspect  or  the  suspect's vehicle, including, but not
    17  limited to, any of the following:
    18    (i) The complete license plate number of the suspect's vehicle;
    19    (ii) A partial license plate number and the make, model, and color  of
    20  the suspect's vehicle;
    21    (iii) The identity of the suspect; and
    22    c.  Public  dissemination  of  available information could either help
    23  avert further harm or accelerate apprehension of the suspect.
    24    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
    25  have become a law.
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