Relates to the placement of school crossing guards; requires school crossing guards to be placed on each of the corners of streets adjacent to public and private schools in New York City serving students in grades K-8 and on each side of streets with more than four lanes.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the placement of school crossing guards
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to require the City of New York to place school crossing guards on each and every corner of a city block containing a public or private school serving students enrolled in any grade between kindergarten through eight. Additionally, if the said school borders a street with four or more traffic lanes, the City of New York shall be required to place additional school crossing guards on the opposite corners of these busy thoroughfares during arrival and dismissal times as set forth by the school.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill will amend Section 14-118 of the administrative code of the City of New York by adding two new subdivisions to Section 1, "d" requiring a school crossing guard on each and every corner of every city block containing a public or private school with students enrolled in any grades between kindergarten through eight and "e" requiring an additional school crossing guard be placed at said school on the opposite side of any street corner with four or more traffic lanes during arrival and dismissal times.
JUSTIFICATION: On December 20, 2013, Noshat Nahian, an 8 year old student was struck and killed on 61st Street and Northern Boulevard while crossing the street on his way to PS 152. There was no school crossing guard assigned to the corner. In December 2012, Miguel Torres, an eleven year old student at PS 145 was struck and killed at 80th Street and Northern Boulevard while crossing the street on his way to school. There was one school crossing guard on the school side of the street, however, Northern Boulevard is seven lanes wide and the student and crossing guard could not interact. No young student should have to cross a seven lane roadway without proper supervision.
Every school, public or private, that has students enrolled in any grade between kindergarten through eight should have a school crossing guard at every corner of every city block containing the said school for the purposes of assisting in the safe passage of students across streets immediately surrounding the school during arrival and dismissal times. Additionally, any street that has four or more traffic lanes immediately bordering a school should be required to have at least one school crossing guard on each side of these large capacity roadways.
In light of a number of preventable traffic related deaths to school children in my district and a total of 173 pedestrians killed throughout the City of New York in 2013, the need to ensure the safety of our students is more pressing than ever. In the first two weeks of this year alone, traffic accidents killed eleven people. In several instances of school related traffic accidents, children were crossing busy thoroughfares with six or more lanes with no school crossing guards on the opposite corners of the street during school hours. This bill can and will prevent some of these tragic accidents.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPACT: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6591 IN SENATE February 11, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the placement of school crossing guards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 14-118 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding two new subdivisions d and e to read as follows: D. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REQUIRE AT LEAST ONE SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD TO BE ON EACH AND EVERY CORNER OF EVERY CITY BLOCK THAT CONTAINS A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS ENROLLED IN ANY GRADES BETWEEN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHT DURING ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES AS SET FORTH BY THE SCHOOL. E. ANY STREET WITH FOUR OR MORE TRAFFIC LANES THAT BORDERS A BLOCK WITH A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS ENROLLED IN ANY GRADES BETWEEN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHT SHALL REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD AND SUCH CROSSING GUARDS SHALL BE PLACED ON THE OPPOSITE CORNERS OF SUCH STREET RESPECTIVELY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13380-02-4