New Penalties for Yield Right-of-Way Violations to Take Effect November 1

Legislation sponsored by Lupardo signed into law by Governor

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) announced today that the Governor has signed into law legislation she sponsored to improve traffic safety and to reduce yield right-of-way violations which result in vehicle crashes involving motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. This has become especially relevant given the recent crashes involving drivers failing to yield the right of way causing one fatal and one serious motorcycle accident.

Under the legislation (A.4914/S.3410), penalties for yield right-of-way accidents resulting in serious injury or the death would be increased to include the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. In addition, courts would be authorized to require participation in a motor vehicle accident prevention course.

“These types of crashes have increased significantly over the last several years, causing serious injury and death,” said Lupardo. “Awareness is critical to crash prevention and traffic safety. I am urging motorists to be on the look-out for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.”

The State Senate and Assembly passed both bills unanimously in June. The new law will take effect on November 1, 2006.