Bill Text: NY A01573 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Prohibits drivers of school buses from using hands free mobile telephones and provides for certain exceptions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-15 - referred to transportation [A01573 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01573-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 15, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  PAULIN,  LUPARDO, MOSLEY, GOTTFRIED, JAFFEE,
          ORTIZ, GALEF, ZEBROWSKI, SEAWRIGHT -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.
          SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation
        AN  ACT  to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to drivers of
          school buses using hands-free mobile telephones
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Subdivision 2 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and traffic
     2  law is amended by adding a new paragraph (e) to read as follows:
     3    (e) No driver of a school  bus  as  defined  in  section  one  hundred
     4  forty-two  of this chapter shall use a hands-free mobile telephone while
     5  operating a school bus except in the case of an  emergency  pursuant  to
     6  paragraph  (a) of subdivision three of this section or if the school bus
     7  is parked, for purposes other than dropping off or picking up  students,
     8  at  the side of, or off, a public highway in a location where such vehi-
     9  cle is not otherwise prohibited from stopping by law,  rule,  regulation
    10  or any lawful order or direction of a police officer.
    11    §  2.  Subdivision 3 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and traffic law,
    12  as added by chapter 69 of the laws  of  2001,  is  amended  to  read  as
    13  follows:
    14    3. Subdivision two of this section shall not apply to (a) the use of a
    15  mobile  telephone  for the sole purpose of communicating with any of the
    16  following regarding an emergency situation: an emergency response opera-
    17  tor; a hospital, physician's  office  or  health  clinic;  an  ambulance
    18  company  or  corps;  a fire department, district or company; or a police
    19  department, (b) any of the following persons while in the performance of
    20  their official duties: a police officer or peace officer; a member of  a
    21  fire  department,  district or company; or the operator of an authorized
    22  emergency vehicle as defined in section one hundred one of this chapter,
    23  or (c) the use of a hands-free mobile telephone, except in the case of a
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 1573                             2
     1  driver operating a school bus pursuant to paragraph (e)  of  subdivision
     2  two of this section.
     3    §  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
     4  have become a law.