Authorizes the town of New Salem, in the county of Westchester, to establish maximum speed limits on town highways at less than the statutory limits.
BILL NUMBER:S2585A REVISED 3/14/13
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the town of North Salem, in the county of Westchester, to regulate speed limits on town highways
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides for the Town of North Salem, County of Westchester, to control the speed limits on town highways.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends section 1662-a of the vehicle and traffic law to provide that the town board of North Salem may establish speed limits on town highways in such town, other than state or county highways maintained by the state or county department of transportation. No such speed limit shall be established at less than 25 per hour, except for school zone speed limits, which may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour.
JUSTIFICATION: The town of North Salem is surrounded by communities that at the local level are able to control their own local speed limits: the Town of Somers to the west; the Town of Lewisboro to the south; and municipalities in the State of Connecticut to the east. The Town of North Salem has in places, unpaved roads where 30 mph speed limits (the state mandated speed limit) may not be safe, especially as the same roads when they hit the Connecticut border only allow cars to drive 25 mph.
The purpose of this legislation is to provide the Town of North Salem the authority to lower speed limits at their discretion on town roads. Town officials are familiar with local roads, conditions, and safety concerns, of their citizens, and are thus well-positioned to set speed limits on town roads.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 (S6833): Ordered to third reading calendar
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
IMPACT ON REGULATION OF BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS: Non
EFFECT ON FINES, TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT, OR OTHER PENAL SANCTIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2585--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 22, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- commit- tee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom- mitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the town of North Salem, in the county of Westchester, to regulate speed limits on town highways THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 1662-a of the vehicle and traffic law is designated subdivision 1 and a new subdivision 2 is added to read as follows: 2. THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NORTH SALEM, IN THE COUNTY OF WEST- CHESTER, MAY BY LOCAL LAW ESTABLISH MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS AT WHICH VEHI- CLES MAY PROCEED ON OR ALONG TOWN HIGHWAYS IN SUCH TOWN, OTHER THAN STATE OR COUNTY HIGHWAYS MAINTAINED BY THE STATE OR COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, LOWER THAN THE FIFTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR STATUTORY MAXI- MUM SPEED LIMIT. NO SUCH SPEED LIMIT APPLICABLE ON OR ALONG SUCH DESIG- NATED HIGHWAYS WITHIN SUCH TOWN SHALL BE ESTABLISHED AT LESS THAN TWEN- TY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR, EXCEPT THAT SCHOOL SPEED LIMITS MAY BE ESTABLISHED AT NOT LESS THAN FIFTEEN MILES PER HOUR, FOR A DISTANCE NOT TO EXCEED ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FEET, ON A HIGHWAY PASSING A SCHOOL BUILDING, ENTRANCE OR EXIT OF A SCHOOL ABUTTING ON THE HIGHWAY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07160-03-3