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Article 21 - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law

ALCOHOL AND DRUG REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Section Description
520Statement of findings and declaration of purpose.
523Reports.
523-aDriver improvement clinic programs.
523-bExperimental driver safety programs.
S 520. Statement   of   findings   and  declaration  of  purpose.  The
  ever-increasing  number  of  accidents,  personal  injuries  and  deaths
  resulting  from  alcohol or drug-related traffic offenses is a matter of
  great  concern  to  the  legislature.  The  diminished   perception   of
  intoxicated and impaired operators of motor vehicles presents a constant
  and  intolerable  threat  to the lives and well-being of the citizens of
  the  state.  Efforts  aimed  at  alleviating  this  threat  have  proven
  inadequate.  The  public interest in the cause of highway safety will be
  well  served  by  the  implementation  of   a   permanent   program   of
  rehabilitation  for those operators convicted of alcohol or drug-related
  traffic  offenses  and  certain  operators  who  have  been  adjudicated
  youthful  offenders  for  alcohol  or drug-related traffic offenses. The
  commissioner of motor vehicles should have the  authority  to  offer  to
  such  operators  an opportunity for rehabilitation, thereby reducing the
  threat aimed at themselves and the people of the state.

 S 523. Reports.  The  commissioner shall report to the governor and to
  the legislature annually with respect to the status of the  alcohol  and
  drug  rehabilitation program, including therein, among other things, the
  scope and results of procedures for screening and  referral  of  program
  participants  exhibiting  an  early stage, of alcoholism or chronic life
  problem with alcohol, providing that such report shall not  contain  the
  name of or otherwise identify participants in such program.

    S 523-a. Driver improvement clinic programs. In addition to the driver
  rehabilitation  program  authorized by section eleven hundred ninety-six
  of  this  chapter,  the  commissioner  may  establish,  by   regulation,
  guidelines  for alcohol and highway safety programs. The purpose of such
  programs should be to inform participants of the effects of  alcohol  on
  driving,  to  discuss  problem  drinking  and  its  effects,  to provide
  assistance to individuals with referral to alcoholism treatment agencies
  and to provide instruction with respect to proper driving techniques and
  driver attitude. The commissioner shall establish criteria for requiring
  attendance at such clinics, and may, pending attendance at such  clinic,
  suspend  the  driver's  license  or privilege of any person who fails to
  attend such clinic as required by such regulations.  Such  criteria  may
  provide for the required attendance at such clinic of any person who, as
  a  result  of the conviction for a moving traffic violation, is referred
  by the trial court for such attendance. The commissioner shall establish
  a fee to be paid by any person who attends any such  program.  Such  fee
  shall  be  used to defray the ongoing expenses of the program. Where the
  commissioner has approved any driver improvement  program  conducted  by
  local  authorities,  any such fee shall be paid to the agency conducting
  such program.

    S 523-b. Experimental  driver  safety  programs.  The commissioner may
  study the feasibility of programs to improve driver behavior,  attitude,
  performance  or  skills  in  order to reduce motor vehicle accidents and
  traffic violations, and to promote highway safety.  He  shall  have  the
  authority to establish such programs on a limited, experimental basis in
  order  to  assist in such feasibility study provided any such program is
  funded by any source other than state funds, or if any such  program  is
  to  be  funded with state funds, then he may establish such program only
  with the approval of the director of the division of the budget.

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