NYS Motorcycle Legislation


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It is our belief that the majority of anti-biker laws are enacted because of ignorance. This is done, in part, to a lack of representation from motorcyclists themselves.

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NYS ABATE’s Legislative Positions .

S01670 / Same as A06562

SPONSER: Rich Funke 

March 09, 2017

Bill crafted in memory of Honeoye Falls resident Kade O’Brien, killed in 2011 accident, again clears Senate with bipartisan support; Legislation not passed by Assembly in 2016

The New York State Senate this week passed S1670, a bill sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to crack down on motorists who endanger motorcyclists, pedestrians and others due to careless driving. The legislation, known as “Creto-Kade’s Law”, is dedicated to the memories of Kade O’Brien, who was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle on April 11, 2011 in Pittsford, NY, and David (Creto) Sherry, who was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle on July 11, 2014 in Guilderland, NY. The bill passed with bipartisan support. 


Creto-Kade’s Law would ensure a misdemeanor charge against any driver who disobeys traffic law and causes serious bodily injury or death to another person, while carrying a punishment of 30 days in jail and/or a minimum fine of $300. The offending driver would also be mandated to complete an accident prevention course through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and provide proof of satisfactory completion to the presiding Judge, or face additional sanctions. 

The bill has been sent to the Assembly. 

A06562 Summary:  Same as S01670

SPONSER:  Thiele

COSPNSR: Lupardo, Stecj, Hunter, Kolb, Murray, Hawley, DiPietro, Stripe, Blankenbush

MLTSPNSR: Barclay, Giglio, McDonough

Provides a minimum penalty of $300 for a moving violation which results in the serious bodily injury or death of another person.

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Governor Kathy Hocul (Democrat)

State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224

Phone: (518) 474-8390

Website: www.state.ny.us/governor

U.S. Senate Charles E. Schumer (Democrat)

100 State St., Room 3040, Rochester, NY 14614

Phone: (585) 263-5866  Fax: (585) 263-3173

Website: http://shumer.senate.gov


Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat)

100 State St., Room 4195, Rochester, NY 14614

Phone: (585) 263-6250  Fax: (585) 263-6247

Website: http://gillibrand.senate.gov

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