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Bill S7399-2011

Requires a study of the performance of the state's roadways in reducing the risk of motor vehicles departing the travel lane and overturning, or colliding with fixed objects

Requires a study of the performance of the state's roadways in reducing the risk of motor vehicles departing the travel lane and overturning, or colliding with fixed objects, or colliding with motorized or non-motorized vehicles or pedestrians, or leaving the roadway; further requires the commissioner of transportation and the thruway authority to submit a report to the governor and legislature.

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  • May 21, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 16, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 15, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.782
  • May 8, 2012: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - May 15, 2012
Ayes (18): Fuschillo, Johnson, Larkin, Maziarz, McDonald, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Young, Zeldin, Dilan, Adams, Diaz, Kennedy, Perkins, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Valesky
Ayes W/R (1): Nozzolio

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7399

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the transportation law and the public authorities law, in relation to the study and examination of the state's roadways and the thruway in reducing certain motor vehicle risks

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To improve the safety of the state's roadways and reduce the risk of crashes.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The bill would direct the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Thruway Authority (Authority), to study and examine the performance of the state's roadways and the Thruway, respectively, in reducing the departure of motor vehicles from travel lanes and subsequently crashing. The study and examination would be required to include, but not be limited to, high fatality roadway segments and those segments with hazardous features such as steep slopes, embankments, cliffs, drop-offs or deep bodies of water. The bill also would direct DOT and the Authority to each submit annual reports to the governor and the Legislature to include the number and type of travel lane departure crashes, the extent to which DOT or the Authority has analyzed crash data and identified and considered the safety needs of the roadways, and the measures and strategies that have been undertaken, or plan to be undertaken, to improve roadway performance and reduce the risk of travel lane departures and crashes.

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

Motor vehicle crashes take a terrible human toll on people whether they are vehicle passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians, depriving individuals of their independence when crashes cause serious physical injury, and depriving families of their loved ones and society of valued members when the crashes are fatal. While there are general downward trends in the number of motor vehicle fatal crashes and the number of fatalities on New York State's roadways, more can and should be done to further prevent them. This bill presents an opportunity to focus on high-risk sections of road across the State such as those with a high number of fatal crashes, and those with hazardous features like steep slopes, embankments, cliffs, drop-offs and deep bodies of water. Strategies for reducing the risk of vehicles abruptly leaving their

lanes of travel and crashing can and should be identified in order to reduce the risk of crashes at these high-risk locations to better protect the safety of the traveling public and prevent future tragedies.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect sixty days after it shall have become a law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 7399 A. 10125 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y May 8, 2012 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. CRESPO, GANTT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the transportation law and the public authorities law, in relation to the study and examination of the state's roadways and the thruway in reducing certain motor vehicle risks THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 14 of the transportation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 36 to read as follows: 36. TO STUDY AND EXAMINE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STATE'S ROADWAYS IN REDUCING THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLES DEPARTING THE TRAVEL LANE AND OVER- TURNING, OR COLLIDING WITH FIXED OBJECTS, OR COLLIDING WITH MOTORIZED OR NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR PEDESTRIANS, OR LEAVING THE ROADWAY. SUCH STUDY AND EXAMINATION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, SEGMENTS OF THE STATE'S ROADWAYS WITH A HIGH NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES, AND SEGMENTS OF ROADWAY WITH HAZARDOUS FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS, CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT ON LANE DEPARTURES, BEGINNING NO LATER THAN AUGUST THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE WHICH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURE CRASHES ON THE STATE'S ROADWAYS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FIXED OBJECT, HEAD- ON, CROSS-OVER, ROLLOVER AND SIDESWIPE CRASHES, ROADWAY DEPARTURES, AND THOSE INVOLVING NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS; (B) THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE DEPARTMENT HAS ANALYZED CRASH DATA AND IDENTIFIED AND CONSIDERED THE SAFETY NEEDS OF THE STATE'S ROADWAYS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HIGH-FATALITY SEGMENTS AND SEGMENTS WITH HAZARDOUS FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS, CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER; AND (C) THE MEASURES AND STRATEGIES THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN, OR PLANS TO UNDERTAKE, TO IMPROVE ROADWAY PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURES AND CRASHES.
S 2. Section 361 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows: 3. THE AUTHORITY SHALL STUDY AND EXAMINE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE THRU- WAY IN REDUCING THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLES DEPARTING THE TRAVEL LANE AND OVERTURNING, OR COLLIDING WITH FIXED OBJECTS, OR COLLIDING WITH MOTOR- IZED OR NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR PEDESTRIANS, OR LEAVING THE THRUWAY. SUCH STUDY AND EXAMINATION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, SEGMENTS OF THE THRUWAY WITH A HIGH NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES, AND SEGMENTS WITH HAZARDOUS FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS, CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER. THE AUTHORITY SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT ON LANE DEPARTURES, BEGINNING NO LATER THAN AUGUST THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE WHICH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURE CRASHES ON THE THRUWAY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FIXED OBJECT, HEAD-ON, CROSS-OVER, ROLL- OVER AND SIDESWIPE CRASHES, ROADWAY DEPARTURES, AND THOSE INVOLVING NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS; (B) THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE AUTHORITY HAS ANALYZED CRASH DATA AND IDENTIFIED AND CONSIDERED THE SAFETY NEEDS OF THE THRUWAY INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HIGH-FATALITY SEGMENTS AND SEGMENTS WITH HAZARDOUS FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS, CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER; AND (C) THE MEASURES AND STRATEGIES THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS UNDERTAKEN, OR PLANS TO UNDERTAKE, TO IMPROVE THRUWAY PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURES AND CRASHES. S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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