Bill S7712-2013

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 300

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 300; makes certain provisions of law permanent.

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  • Jun 2, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7712

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 eliminate the sunset date on the current "red light camera" pilot program and make permanent while also increasing the amount of "red-light" cameras in operation in New York City from one hundred and fifty to three hundred 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 use from one hundred fifty intersections to three hundred 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 three hundred 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 proven effective on many fronts. "Red Light Cameras" have addressed: instances of drivers attempting to beat a yellow traffic light by speeding through intersections not only in intersections equipped with "Red Light

Cameras" but other intersections within the city in which they are employed also known as the Halo effect.

The New York City Police Department is already spread thin without being tasked with traffic signal enforcement at thousands of intersections throughout the city of New York. The "Red Light Camera" program strikes the right balance between leveraging technology available to us and aiding the New York City Police Department as such The City of New York "Red Light Camera" program should be expanded and made permanent.

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 it is imperative to expand this program and use employ it as a permanent part of New York City's arsenal to keep pedestrians safe.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7712 IN SENATE June 2, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation 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] THREE 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] THREE hundred [fifty] intersections 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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