ASSEMBLY, No. 1388

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

212th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2006 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman JOAN M. QUIGLEY

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires certain ambulances to be equipped with global positioning system technology; appropriates $500,000 to DHSS.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act requiring ambulances to be equipped with global positioning systems, supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes, and making an appropriation.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  The Legislature finds and declares:

     a.  Establishing special safeguards for all ambulances which are uniquely vulnerable to theft or attack is important for the safety and well-being of the residents of New Jersey, and would provide a means for the efficacious deployment of ambulances during a mass casualty incident.

     b.  Technological solutions currently exist to provide for the tracking and recovery of hijacked or stolen ambulances.

     c.  These are exceptionally accurate and precise solutions, known as global positioning systems, which yield position siting within 10 meters 95 percent of the time.

     d.  Global positioning systems provide law enforcement and transportation professionals with the tools to track and apprehend missing vehicles.

 

     2.  As used in this act:

     "Global positioning system" means a reporting technology that is monitored by a worldwide network of electronic navigation components in which a vehicle may be identified and tracked via satellite.

     "Ambulance" means all private or public emergency vehicles that are used in the transportation of sick or injured persons.

 

     3.  a.  On and after the effective date of this act, all ambulances in this State shall be equipped with a global positioning system, except that an ambulance with 200,000 miles or more on the effective date of this act is not required to be equipped with a global positioning system.

     b. On and after the effective date of this act, all newly manufactured ambulances purchased in this State shall be equipped with a global positioning system by the manufacturer.

      c.  The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall establish by rule and regulation a process for registering all ambulances, as defined in this act, and installation and monitoring requirements for global positioning systems in ambulances.

 

     4.  The Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall establish a system to track ambulances that have been hijacked or stolen.

     The State Department of Health and Senior Services and the Office of Emergency Management shall have access to real time global positioning system data.

 

     5.  Any person who willfully or negligently violates this act shall be subject to a fine of not less than $2,500 for each violation.  For a second or subsequent offense, the violator shall be subject to a fine of not less than $5,000 per violation.

 

     6.  Any person who tampers with, removes or vandalizes the global positioning system installed in an ambulance as required by this act is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.

 

     7.  The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall submit an annual report to the Governor, Legislature and the Attorney General, which shall include the number of ambulances installed with the global positioning systems, the number of ambulances located as a result of the systems and the cost to apprehend these vehicles.

 

     8.  The State shall pay the expense of the global positioning system and the installation and thereby appropriates $500,000 to the Department of Health and Senior Services to effectuate that purpose.

 

     9.  This act shall take effect on the first day of the 18th month after enactment, except that section 8 shall take effect on the first day of the sixth month following enactment. The Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Attorney General may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance  of the effective date as may be necessary for the implementation of this act.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires ambulances with less than 200,000 miles to be equipped with global positioning systems and prohibits the purchase of a newly manufactured  ambulance after the bill's effective date unless it is equipped by the manufacturer with a global positioning system.  As used in the bill, "global positioning system" means a reporting technology that is monitored by a worldwide network of electronic navigation components in which a vehicle may be identified and tracked via satellite.  The bill provides that the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, is to establish a system to track ambulances that have been hijacked or stolen. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the Attorney General, to establish installation and monitoring requirements for ambulances and a process for registering all ambulances.  The bill includes an appropriation of $500,000 to the Department of Health and Senior Services to pay for the cost of obtaining and installing global positioning systems.

     The penalties for violating the bill's provisions are a fine of not less than $2,500 for a first violation and, for a second or subsequent violation, a fine of not less than $5,000. Additionally, anyone who tampers or removes a system is guilty of a disorderly persons offense and is subject to a fine of $1,000, a term of imprisonment of up to 6 months, or both.