Authorizes department of transportation to conduct a statewide survey to determine areas with a high incidence of pedestrian accidents involving senior citizens; requires commissioner to undertake a comprehensive study of mitigating dangers to senior citizens in any and all areas in which the survey indicates the need to take action; requires commissioner to report recommendations and findings to the legislature and the governor on or before April 1, 2014.
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to authorizing the department of transportation to survey areas of the state with a high incidence of pedestrian accidents involving senior citizens
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to help ensure the safety of senior citizens.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 Requires the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the State Office for the Aging, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, local police agencies and any other groups deemed necessary, to conduct a statewide survey to determine areas of high levels of senior pedestrian traffic, and incidents of senior citizen-motor vehicle accidents.
Section 2 Requires the Commissioner to undertake a comprehensive study of mitigating dangers to seniors in any and all areas in which the survey indicates the need to take action.
Section 3 Report required. Requires the Commissioner to report study results and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on or before April 1, 2014.
Section 4 Effective Date
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: Walking as a means of transportation is increasing in popularity. Environmental considerations, health concerns, and increasing leisure hours are factors which promote pedestrian activity in New York State and elsewhere. All age groups participate in walking activities, hut every year senior citizens have a disproportionately high representation on the list of those killed or injured in pedestrian incidents. Preventive pedestrian safety measures have been implemented outside New York State, and it is only reasonable and prudent that these measures receive scrutiny and consideration for use in New York State. This is especially appropriate with the increasing numbers of senior citizens. Demographic projection, indicate a burgeoning senior population. Currently there are 3.5 million older New Yorkers and this number will only increase as the "baby-boomer" generation ages. A key to senior mobility will be the availability of safe walkways. This bill will begin the necessary first step toward achieving this goal.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: S.109 - Discharged from Transportation and Committed to Aging/A.643 Passed Assembly 2010: S.1555 A - Reported and Committed to Rules/A.1968A Amended on Third Reading 2009: S.1555 - Advanced to Third Reading; Committed to Rules/S.1968 - Passed Assembly 2008: S.2446A - Passed Senate/A.31A Passed Assembly; Veto Memo 54 2007: S.2446 Referred to Transportation/A.31 Passed Assembly 2005-06: A.1895 - Passed Assembly 2003: S.3353 - Passed Senate/A.6409 Passed Assembly; Veto Memo 150; Tabled 2001-02: A.2846 - Passed Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 109--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Aging in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT in relation to authorizing the department of transportation to survey areas of the state with a high incidence of pedestrian acci- dents involving senior citizens THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The department of transportation, in consultation with the office for the aging, the department of motor vehicles, the governor's traffic safety committee, local police agencies, and any other agency or group the department of transportation deems necessary to enlist the aid of, shall conduct a statewide survey to determine areas with a high number of senior citizen residents and/or a high level of senior pedes- trian traffic, and/or any incidence of senior citizen - motor vehicle accidents. S 2. The commissioner of the department of transportation shall, utilizing the results of the survey required by section one of this act, undertake a comprehensive study of the feasibility of methods of miti- gating dangers to pedestrians in any and all areas in which the survey required in section one of this act indicates such necessity. The study shall include, but not be limited to, the feasibility of building safety median islands permitting pedestrians to cross on two timing cycles; retiming of traffic signals; installation of crossing signs; installa- tion of pedestrian warning signs; lowering of vehicle speed limits; and cost of implementing any recommendations emanating from the study.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02201-02-1 S. 109--A 2
S 3. The commissioner of transportation shall report study results and make recommendations to the governor and legislature on or before April 1, 2014. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.