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A03244 Summary:

BILL NOA03244
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORGunther
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Establishes the senior driver safety commission and provides for its powers and duties.
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A03244 Actions:

BILL NOA03244
 
01/22/2021referred to transportation
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A03244 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3244
 
SPONSOR: Gunther
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish the senior driver safety commission and providing for its powers and duties; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE: This bill establishes a senior drive safety commission.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Senior Driver Safety Commission shall consist of twelve members. The commission shall study, examine, and review the issue of senior driver safety. It will evaluate the effectiveness of current laws and regulations while making recommendations to increase the safety of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. The commission will also set objectives to identify preventative measures that can be implemented to reduce the number of accidents involving this group. As used in this act "senior driver" is identified as any individual age 80 and older with a valid New York State issued driver's license. Additionally, members of the commission will evaluate the availability and effective- ness of screening tests to identify impaired drivers. The commission will report its findings and recommendations to the governor and legis- lature.   JUSTIFICATION: A study done by AAA shows that drivers over the age of 80 years old have the highest rate of fatal crashes per 100 million miles driven. Accord- ing to AAA, "drivers age 80 and older had more than six times the death rate of drivers ages 30-49 and nearly double the death rate of teens." Another study, published in Accident Analysis & Prevention stated, "...driving leads to a greater mental workload for the older drivers than for the younger drivers and this effect was exacerbated by the more complex driving context (overtaking maneuvers)." It is important to note that this bill does not require additional test- ing or revokes licensure for a particular age group; it simply estab- lishes a commission to determine how best to make our roads safer.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2014: A9329 referred to transportation 2015-16: A1905 referred to transportation 2017-18: A2109/84047 referred to transportation 2020: A9692 referred to Transportation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
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A03244 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3244
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 22, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. GUNTHER -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Transportation
 
        AN ACT to establish the senior driver safety  commission  and  providing
          for  its  powers  and  duties;  and  providing  for the repeal of such
          provisions upon expiration thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Senior  driver safety commission. 1. The commission shall
     2  consist of twelve members. Four of the members shall be appointed by the
     3  governor, of which one shall be from the department of  motor  vehicles,
     4  one shall be from the department of transportation and one shall be from
     5  the  office  for the aging.   Three of the members shall be appointed by
     6  the temporary president of the senate.  Three of the  members  shall  be
     7  appointed  by the speaker of the assembly. One member shall be appointed
     8  by the minority leader of the senate. One member shall be  appointed  by
     9  the  minority  leader  of  the  assembly. All appointments shall be made
    10  within thirty days of the effective date of this act.
    11    2. The commission shall, within twenty days following the  appointment
    12  of all its members, elect a chairperson from among such members.
    13    3.  The commission shall study, examine and review the issue of senior
    14  driver safety. In conducting its study, the commission shall:
    15    (a) evaluate the effectiveness of  current  laws  and  regulations  in
    16  regards to senior driver safety;
    17    (b)  make  regulatory  and  legislative  recommendations  necessary to
    18  increase the safety of all drivers, passengers and pedestrians;
    19    (c) survey and assess the leading causes of senior  driver  car  acci-
    20  dents;
    21    (d) identify and analyze preventative measures that may be implemented
    22  by the state to reduce the number of accidents involving senior drivers;
    23    (e) study and evaluate the availability and effectiveness of screening
    24  tests for identifying impaired drivers;

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02916-01-1

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     1    (f)  survey  and assess the problems of driving under the influence of
     2  prescription drugs often used by senior drivers;
     3    (g)  analyze  and provide measures that may mitigate the risks associ-
     4  ated with  the operation of motor vehicles by senior drivers,  including
     5  the use of non-traditional driving devices that may mitigate risks; and
     6    (h)  consider  any  other  issues  or  matters the commission may deem
     7  appropriate to fulfill the scope of its charge.
     8    4. The commission shall report its findings, conclusions and recommen-
     9  dations to the governor and legislature no later than one hundred eighty
    10  days after the effective date of this act.
    11    § 2. As used in this act "senior driver" is defined as any  individual
    12  aged  80  and older with a valid driver's license issued by the New York
    13  state department of motor vehicles.
    14    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect
    15  until the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have  become  a  law,
    16  when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.
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