New legislation changes the New York state driver's test to make others safer on the road. The Department of Motor Vehicles will add more safety information that will be mandatory for new drivers to learn in New York before getting their driver's license.

What's the New Requirement?

Governor Kathy Hochul announced legislation that she signed on Friday requires new drivers in New York state to learn about safety protocols for pedestrians and bicyclists to be part of the pre-licensing exam.

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What Exactly Do New Drivers Need to Know?

The new driver will need to know the overview of traffic laws that are required to operate a motor vehicle. This includes knowing the laws of pedestrians in crosswalks and bicyclists who share the road. It is the duty of the motor vehicle operator to always exercise care. This information will have to be known for the pre-license exam. It will be added to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles instruction handbook.

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Governor Kathy Hochul said this about the new legislation,

My top priority as Governor is to keep New Yorkers safe, and it is common sense to make pedestrian and bike safety education mandatory for drivers. This law will help prevent crashes and save lives, and I thank my partners in the Assembly and Senate for passing this legislation to make our streets safer.

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According to WKBW, Governor Hochul also said that it is very important for the least experienced drivers to receive clear instruction about the laws of bicyclists and pedestrians. They must also prove they understand the laws to gain their driver's license.

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