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|Relates to penalties for striking a pedestrian crossing a street while operating a motor vehicle.
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3333 SPONSOR: Fahy
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to penalties for striking a pedestrian crossing a street while operating a motor vehicle   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Increase penalty for striking a pedestrian to five points on one's driv- ing record   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Directs the commissioner of the department of motor vehicles to increase the points assessed to one's a driving record to five for the act of striking a pedestrian with a motor vehicle. Section 2: Set the effective date   JUSTIFICATION: In February of 2019, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported that pedestrian traffic fatalities in the United States are at their highest level since 1990, with more than 6,200 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents nationwide. This marks a 41% increase from 2008, mean- ing that pedestrian fatalities now account for 14% of all traffic fatal- ities. Researchers attribute this to a rise in the popularity of SUVs and the increase of smartphone distracted driving. In New York, the State's traffic code can make accidents with pedestrian injuries difficult to enforce. Currently, one can only be charged with a violation for striking a pedestrian if the incident is witnessed by a law enforcement officer. A guilty plea in this case will add just two additional points to an individual's driving record. Recognizing the limitations of current traffic code in preventing these accidents, this bill locks to levy greater consequences on those who are found guilty of striking a pedestrian. Making the consequences of striking a pedestrian more stringent will encourage drivers to be mindful of pedestrians in heavily trafficked areas.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A6455 of 2019-20   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately