Directs the commissioner of transportation to erect signs in cities with a population of one million or more bearing the words "Special Needs Children At Play" in appropriate areas within such a city.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to directing the commissioner of transportation to erect signs bearing the words "Special Needs Children At Play" in appropriate areas in cities with a population of one million or more
PURPOSE: To provide signs in areas where special needs children reside to alert motorists to their presence.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 10 of the highway law by adding a new subdivision 31-a.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, signs may be obtained through the Department of Transportation to alert drivers in areas where blind or deaf children reside. Today, there is an increased awareness of the fact that many children experience additional disabilities, such as autism, which can pose a safety risk for children at play, There have been several tragic incidents whereby children with various types of disabilities have been hit by cars driving too fast. Signs that read
"Special Needs Children At Play" will alert drivers to the fact that children with special needs reside in the area and will serve as a warning for them to slow down and to be aware that a child in the road who has special needs may not be as responsive to horn honking or other warnings as other children may be.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7392 Referred to Transportation Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3411 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to directing the commis- sioner of transportation to erect signs bearing the words "Special Needs Children At Play" in appropriate areas in cities with a popu- lation of one million or more THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 10 of the highway law is amended by adding a new subdivision 31-a to read as follows: 31-A. CAUSE SIGNS TO BE ERECTED WITHIN ANY AREA IN A CITY WITH A POPU- LATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE THAT THE COMMISSIONER DEEMS APPROPRIATE, TO PROMOTE AND PROVIDE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. SUCH SIGNS SHALL BEAR THE WORDS "SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AT PLAY". S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08326-01-3