What is Cooper’s Law?

Cooper’s Law was signed in legislation in New York City in 2015. It is a Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to traffic violations and serious crashes.

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It states that when a taxi driver has been charged with a traffic violation or crime in regards to a crash which resulted in any person’s critical injury or death, their license will be suspended pending an investigation.

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Further, if they are convicted of these violations, and it is determined that one or more of them was a cause of such critical injury or death, such license shall be revoked.”

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Meaning if it is proven that your traffic violation was the direct cause of a person’s critical injury or death, your license will be revoked. 

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The man who killed Cooper received a $500 ticket for failing to yield, but had zero restrictions placed on his license. He was free to continue picking up customers immediately. Under Cooper’s Law, after being found guilty of failing to yield, he would have been taken off the road.

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Taxi drivers whose reckless or careless driving maims/kills people will no longer be allowed to drive. It is a completely rational and fair punishment for those who have proven they cannot be trusted with a car.

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The actual legislation:
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Section 1.  Chapter 5 of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 19-541 to read as follows:
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§19-541 Serious crashes. Where a driver licensed by the commission has been issued a summons for or charged with one or more traffic related violations or crimes in a crash in which any person has suffered critical injury or death, the license issued to such driver by the commission may be summarily suspended consistent with the rules of the commission regarding summary suspensions, and, upon conviction of such driver of one or more of the violations or crimes stated in the summons or such charges and upon a determination that one or more of such violations or crimes for which conviction occurred was a cause of such critical injury or death, such license shall be revoked.  A summary suspension pursuant to this section may be lifted pursuant to the rules of the commission or upon dismissal of all such charges or upon a finding of not guilty of all of the stated traffic related violations and crimes, except that the commission may continue to suspend such license pursuant to section 19-540 of this chapter.  For purposes of this section, “critical injury” shall mean any injury determined to be critical by the emergency medical service personnel responding to such crash. This section shall not limit in any way the commission’s authority to summarily suspend a driver licensed by the commission for other reasons.
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§2.  This local law shall take effect ninety days following enactment into law, except that the taxi and limousine commission shall take all necessary action, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.

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