Bill S459A-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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  • Feb 6, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 459A
  • Feb 6, 2014: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S459A

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; to amend chapter 746 of the laws of 1988 amending the vehicle and traffic law, the general municipal law and the public officers law, relating to the civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations, in relation to making such provisions permanent; and to amend local law number 46 of the city of New York for the year 1989 amending the administrative code of the city of New York relating to civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations, in relation to making such provisions permanent

PURPOSE OF GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to make the current "red light camera" pilot program permanent and to increase the number of "red-light" cameras in operation in the city of New York from one hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty intersections.

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 of the bill amends Section 17 of chapter 746 of the laws of 1988 amending the vehicle and traffic law, the general municipal law and the public officers law, relating to the civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2009 is amended by removing the repeal language which has a current sunset date of December 1, 2014 thereby making these provisions of law permanent.

Section 4 of the bill amends Section 2 of local law number 46 of the city of New York for the year 1989 amending the administrative code of the city of New York relating to civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations by removing the expiration date for the law of December 1, 2014 thereby making this provision of law permanent.

Section 5 sets an immediate effective date.

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.

The original provisions of law which created this pilot program will sunset on December 1, 2014. However, given the success of the "Red Light Camera" program since it was originally authorized more than 25 years ago, it is time to make this long standing successful program permanent rather than being subjected to successive amendments that continually extend a sunset date.

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.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 459--A 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 -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee 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; to amend chapter 746 of the laws of 1988 amending the vehicle and traffic law, the general municipal law and the public officers law, relating to the civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations, in relation to making such provisions permanent; and to amend local law number 46 of the city of New York for the year 1989 amending the administrative code of the city of New York relating to civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations, in relation to making such provisions permanent 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. Section 17 of chapter 746 of the laws of 1988 amending the vehi- cle and traffic law, the general municipal law and the public officers law, relating to the civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: S 17. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law [and shall remain in full force and effect until December 1, 2014 when upon such date the amendments and provisions made by this act shall be deemed repealed; provided, however, any such local laws as may be enacted pursuant to this act shall remain in full force and effect only until the expiration on December 1, 2014]. S 4. Section 2 of local law number 46 of the city of New York for the year 1989 amending the administrative code of the city of New York relating to civil liability of vehicle owners for traffic control signal violations, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: S 2. This local law shall take effect immediately [and shall expire on December 1, 2014]. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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