Keeping Up With Legislation Related to Driving
We Oppose Bill S3965A,
The Move to Make the 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course An Internet Program"
By Michael DeMay
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Governor Cuomo's secretary earlier.stated this is the first time hearing about this bill which means not enough of us are calling in. She said she can "only pass along a short note" but we should mail, email or fax our concerns. She said they usually process a fax a little faster and is the best option.
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Phone number 518-474-8390 (option 2 to speak with someone 9am-5pm)
Here's some help on what our concerns are:
I oppose senate Bill S3965A. This action will compromise objectives of pre- licensing course "to hpromote safe drivers on NYS roads. We have seen many drivers from other states getting their license revoked after they convert to a NYS drivers license. Numerous violations and accidents are caused because of their lack of knowledge about rules of the road. We strongly oppose this bill.
1) 5 hour classes in a classroom allow for questions by the students, direct discussions and provide the give and take with instructors who are trained in driving strategies and tips.
2) 5 hours in the classroom allow the instructors to do actual exercises to demonstrate how distracted driving leads to accidents. Instructors also demonstrate the effects of driving while impaired by i.e. using drunk driving goggles., discussing the impact of drinking and driving after watching a powerful video.
3) Professional driving instruction can be much more effective than parents or friends conducting the instruction. The 5 hour class in a classroom creates a mandatory contact with driving professionals which can also results in making drivers aware that they may need to take professional lessons. Without this contact there will be a drastic reduction in the amount of people taking professional lessons resulting in more unqualified drivers making the roads less safe.
The State recognizes that professional driving instruction through Driver's Education courses are superior to people not taking these courses. There are students who may not have the time to take driver education but at minimum they can be safer drivers by a professional pointing out the mot important points and alerting potential drivers about private driving lessons. The State should be encouraging professional private instruction and at minimum requiring safety education
Veto any Bill # S 3965A that does not promote driver education.
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Keeping you informed on action being reviewed or being acted on currently in 2019.
By Kathleen Kielar,
New Legislation affecting Drivers in NYS
- Canada’s new Cannabis Act went into effect and legalized recreational marijuana use in Canada. This law created legal considerations for travelers from the United States to Canada. Travelers should know that in Canada, Canadian police do not need a reason to pull over a driver to administer a drug/alcohol test. Those US residents who obtain a DWI since December 18, 2018 will no longer be able to enter Canada without applying for a temporary resident permit, which will be more difficult to face. Use of cannabis in the United States is still a federal crime. If you bring some marijuana across the border, you could be convicted of drug trafficking.
New Legislation Being Considered affecting Drivers in NYS
· NYS Assembly Bill A2614 – Establishes a driver safety course and a driver safety course fund. The bill is designed to establish and implement an internet based driver safety course for the purposes of training new drivers, and granting point and insurance reduction benefits. This curriculum shall contain instruction on driver attitude, Collision awareness, the proper use of automobile safety devices, defensive driving, and drug and alcohol impairment, safe use of automobile technology, school and work zone safety, toll plaza safety, driving while drowsy, driver distractions, road rage, school bus safety, and such other subjects as the commissioner may prescribe. (introduced January 24, 2019). Bill is in committee (as of January 31, 2019)
· NYS Assembly Bill A2258 – Provides for driver safety user restrictions on drivers’ license and permits. Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of section 501 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding three new subparagraphs (iv), (v) and (vi) to read as follows:
(iv) a restriction limiting the operation of a motor vehicle to within
A limited mileage radius, imposed pursuant to subdivision three of
Section five hundred six of this article.
(v) a restriction prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle after
Sunset, imposed pursuant to subdivision three of section five hundred
Six of this article.
(vi) a restriction prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle on
Limited access highways, imposed pursuant to subdivision three of
Section five hundred six of this article. (Bill is in Committee as of January 22, 2019)
· NYS Assembly Bill A1754 – Requires applicants for a driver’s license or non-driver identification card to submit satisfactory proof that the applicant’s presence in the US is authorized. (Bill is in Committee as of January 17, 2019)
· NYS Assembly Bill A2288- Provides that a court may require the reexamination of certain drivers (Bill is in Committee as of January 22, 2019)
· NYS Assembly Bill S2549 – Requires an updated Photo to be taken in order to renew a driver’s license (Bill is in Committee as of January 28, 2019)
· NYS Assembly Bill S1892 – Relates to drives of school buses using hands-free mobile telephones where buss drivers will be precluded uses of hands-free telephone device unless it is an emergency…or when parked lawfully (Bill is in Committee as of January 17, 2019)
· NYS Assembly Bill S1436 – Creates a pilot program to allow young drivers 18 to 20 years of age to operate commercial vehicles within intrastate commerce, as is allowed in 48 other states. (Bill is in committee as of January 14, 2019)
· NYS Assembly Bill S453 “Abbigail’s law – Provides that any individual acting as a supervising driver while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. (Bill sis in Committee as of January 9, 2019)
· NYS Bill A3296 – Imposes points on a driver’s license for illegally parking in a handicapped parking space (Bill in committee as of January 29, 2019)
· NYS Bill A605 – Add a school bus safety component to the prelicensing driver’s education course (Bill in Committee as of January 9, 2019)
· NYS Bill A704 – Requires a 60 Day license suspension of any driver convicted of 2 speeding violations within a school zone, committed within an 18 month period of time. (Bill sent to committee as of January 9, 2019)