Prohibits U turns within a school zone during posted hours.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Ball
Excused (1): Sampson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting U turns in school zones during posted hours
The purpose of this bill is to assure that school zones remain safe for students
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill adds a subdivision b to Section 1161 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, prohibiting U turns within a posted school zone during posted hours
Current law prohibits U turns on curves and at the crest and approach to an incline
This bill is meant to provide more predictable traffic patterns within school zones. School zones provide a buffer zone around areas in which students are more likely to be travelling on foot and in cars. Speed is therefore limited to provide drivers and pedestrians additional time to assess dangers. By limiting the ability of drivers to conduct U turns in such zones, student safety is further enhanced.
The first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3528--A Cal. No. 339 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 5, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. FUSCHILLO, ADAMS, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, LARKIN, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting U turns in school zones during posted hours THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1161 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 157 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: S 1161. U turns in certain areas prohibited. A. No motor vehicle shall make a U turn upon any curve, or upon the approach to, or near the crest of a grade, where such motor vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other motor vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet. B. NO MOTOR VEHICLE SHALL MAKE A U TURN WITHIN A SCHOOL ZONE. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "SCHOOL ZONE" SHALL MEAN THE DISTANCE ALONG A HIGHWAY PASSING A SCHOOL BUILDING, ENTRANCE OR EXIT OF A SCHOOL ABUTTING ON THE HIGHWAY FOR WHICH A SCHOOL SIGN (S1-1) HAS BEEN POSTED PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES MAINTAINED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY OF THIS CHAPTER. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07107-03-3