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Bill S459-2013

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 250

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 250; makes certain provisions of law permanent.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S459

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to certain traffic-control indications

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of the bill is to increase the number of "red-light" cameras in operation in the city of New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends paragraph 1 of subdivision (a) of section 1111-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2009, to increase the number of "traffic-control signal photo violation monitoring devices" in operation from one hundred fifty intersections to two hundred fifty intersections.

Section 2 of the bill amends paragraph 1 of subdivision (a) of section 19-210 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2009, to increase the number of "traffic-control signal photo violation-monitoring devices" in operation from one hundred fifty intersections to two hundred fifty intersections.

Section 3 sets an immediate effective date, except that it does not affect the repeal of section 1111-a of the vehicle and traffic law and shall not effect the expiration of section 19-210 of the administrative code of the city of New York.

JUSTIFICATION:

The "Red Light Camera" program has proved effective in addressing the ever increasing problem of drivers speeding through intersections to "beat" a red light which poses great danger to other motorists and pedestrians.

The New York City Police Department has neither the man power nor the budget to provide enforcement coverage at the thousands of intersections throughout the city of New York. The "Red Light Camera" program is a vital tool in enforcement of the traffic laws in the city and deserves to be expanded by another 100 intersections.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.4234/A.6892 (Weprin)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately, except that it does not affect the repeal of section 1111-a of the vehicle and traffic law and shall not effect the expiration of section 19-210 of the administrative code of the city of New York.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 459 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. AVELLA, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to certain traffic-control indi- cations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph 1 of subdivision (a) of section 1111-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each city with a popu- lation of one million or more is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt and amend a local law or ordinance establishing a demonstration program imposing monetary liability on the owner of a vehicle for fail- ure of an operator thereof to comply with traffic-control indications in such city in accordance with the provisions of this section. Such demon- stration program shall empower a city to install and operate traffic- control signal photo violation-monitoring devices at no more than [one] TWO hundred fifty intersections within such city at any one time. S 2. Paragraph 1 of subdivision (a) of section 19-210 of the adminis- trative code of the city of New York, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the parking violations bureau is hereby authorized and empowered to establish a demonstration program imposing monetary liability on the owner of a vehicle for fail- ure of an operator thereof to comply with traffic-control indications in accordance with the provisions of this section. The department of trans- portation, for purposes of implementation of such program, shall be authorized to install and operate traffic-control signal photo viola-
tion-monitoring devices at no more than [one] TWO hundred fifty inter- sections at any one time. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the amendments to paragraph 1 of subdivision (a) of section 1111-a of the vehicle and traffic law made by section one of this act shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall be deemed repealed there- with; and provided, further, that the amendments to paragraph 1 of subdivision (a) of section 19-210 of the administrative code of the city of New York made by section two of this act shall not affect the expira- tion of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

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