Enacts "Erin's Law"; requires crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds abutting roads.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require pedestrian crosswalks along athletic fields and playgrounds to permit safe access and passage across abutting streets to pedestrians visiting these facilities.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - provides that this act shall be known as "Erin's Law".
Section 2 - amends General Municipal Law by adding a new section 137, which provides that crosswalks will be required near athletic fields and playgrounds for all roads, other than restricted access highways, at least every quarter mile to allow safe passage across the street for pedestrians visiting these playgrounds and athletic fields.
Section 3 - provides that this act shall take effect two years after it shall have become law.
JUSTIFICATION: On June 9, 2012, Erin Sulkowski, aged 13, was struck by a car while crossing Maple Road in the Town of Amherst returning home from a neighborhood playground. Eleven days later she passed away from her injuries. There were no pedestrian crosswalks available within any reasonable walking distance which would have afforded her, or her friend who was also struck by the vehicle, or the many other children and adults who visit this playground, a safe way to walk from their homes to the playground. This is not an unusual situation, and many athletic fields and playgrounds across our state do not have a safe means for pedestrians to cross abutting streets to access these facilities. Encouraging walkable communities, family exercise and use of local playgrounds and athletic fields are important health and social goals, and it is critical that safer access to these amenities be provided to access these facilities. While pedestrians must still exercise care when using a pedestrian crosswalk, these crosswalks, and accompanying warning signs will provide a greater measure of safety.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect two years after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5049 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 7, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Erin's law". S 2. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 137 to read as follows: S 137. CROSSWALKS NEAR ATHLETIC FIELDS AND PLAYGROUNDS. 1. NOTWITH- STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THERE SHALL BE A CROSSWALK, AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED TEN OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW, ACROSS EACH ROAD THAT ABUTS AN ATHLETIC FIELD OR PLAYGROUND EVERY ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FEET. 2. THERE SHALL BE A YIELD SIGN IN EACH DIRECTION OF TRAFFIC ALERTING DRIVERS TO YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS IN THE CROSSWALK. 3. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO RESTRICTED HIGHWAYS. S 3. This act shall take effect two years after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10804-02-3