Relates to the creation of a website where motorists can report potholes.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the transportation law, in relation to the creation of a website where motorists can report potholes
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To create an interactive website where motorists can report potholes.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends transportation law section 13 by adding a new subdivision 3 to provide that the commissioner shall create an interactive website where motorists can report the locations of potholes, check the status of their repair and view the locations of reported potholes to be avoided.
Section 2 is the effective date.
The number and severity of potholes on state roads in Westchester County are creating an emergency situation. The potholes left unattended have become craters. Numerous cars that have hit them have suffered tire blow-outs or more significant damage. Cars are swerving around and stopping short of potholes which could result in serious accidents.
While the Department of Transportation has a pothole hotline, New York should follow the lead of other states that use the Internet to identify newly emerging dangerous locations and to alert motorists to the location of significant potholes.
The proposed interactive website would allow drivers to assist the Department in prioritizing work and also allow drivers to plan their routes with a map showing where potholes have been reported before venturing out on the roads. This interactive website could prevent many accidents from occurring.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6727 IN SENATE March 4, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to the creation of a website where motorists can report potholes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13 of the transportation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows: 3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CREATE AN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE WHERE MOTOR- ISTS CAN REPORT THE LOCATIONS OF POTHOLES, CHECK THE STATUS OF THEIR REPAIR AND VIEW THE LOCATIONS OF REPORTED POTHOLES TO BE AVOIDED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- tive date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14144-01-4