Bill S910-2009

Provides additional flexibility in establishment of school speed zone along highway

Authorizes school speed limits at not less than fifteen miles per hour on any portion of a highway passing a school building for not more than six hundred feet plus the width of the building of a school abutting on the highway.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 10, 2010: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 9, 2010: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 8, 2010: 1ST REPORT CAL.874
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 21, 2009: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - Jun 8, 2010
Ayes (13): Dilan, Stavisky, Savino, Perkins, Addabbo, Squadron, Diaz, Valesky, Aubertine, Fuschillo, Libous, Nozzolio, Lanza
Ayes W/R (5): Foley, Robach, Larkin, Young, Volker
Excused (1): Johnson O

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S910

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to speed limits on highways passing a school building

PURPOSE/SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Provides flexibility in establishing school speed zones along a highway. School speed limits of 15 MPH may be established on any portion of a highway passing a school building for not more than 600 feet plus the width of the building.

JUSTIFICATION : Road conditions are different in each school zone. For safety reasons, some highways, for example, may need a 15 MPH zone for 400 feet on one side of the building and only 200 feet on the other side. This gives the school district, the DOT and the municipality the option to divide the 600 feet as the conditions demand.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 910 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 21, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. KRUGER -- 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, in relation to speed limits on highways passing a school building THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 1620 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 563 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: (a) The department of transportation with respect to state highways maintained by the state outside of cities having a population in excess of one million, and highways on Indian reservations, may by order, rule or regulation establish higher or lower maximum speed limits at which vehicles may proceed on or along such highways than the fifty-five miles per hour statutory maximum speed limit. No such maximum speed limit shall be established at less than twenty-five miles per hour, except that school speed limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour, for a distance OF not [to exceed one thousand three hundred twenty feet,] MORE THAN SIX HUNDRED FEET PLUS THE WIDTH OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING on a highway passing [a school] SUCH building, entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway. Absence of signs installed pursuant to this section shall be presumptive evidence that the depart- ment of transportation has not established a higher maximum speed limit than the fifty-five miles per hour statutory limit. S 2. Section 1662-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 563 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: S 1662-a. Speed limits in certain towns. The town board of any subur- ban town governed pursuant to article three-A of the town law and the town board of any other town having a population exceeding fifty thou- sand, with respect to highways (which term for the purposes of this section shall include private roads open to public motor vehicle traf-
fic) in such towns outside any village, other than state highways main- tained by the state on which the department of transportation shall have established higher or lower speed limits than the statutory fifty-five miles per hour speed limit as provided in section sixteen hundred twenty OF THIS TITLE, or on which the department of transportation shall have designated that such towns shall not establish any maximum speed limit as provided in section sixteen hundred twenty-four OF THIS TITLE, subject to the limitations imposed by section sixteen hundred eighty- four OF THIS TITLE may by local law, ordinance, order, rule or regu- lation establish maximum speed limits at which vehicles may proceed within such towns, within designated areas of such towns or on or along designated highways within such towns lower than the fifty-five miles per hour maximum statutory limit. No such speed limit applicable throughout such towns or within designated areas of such towns shall be established at less than thirty miles per hour, except that in the town of Hempstead speed limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour on any portion of a highway in the community known as Point Lookout; provided, however, that no such speed limit in such town may be established unless a majority of the residents of such community file a petition with the town board of such town requesting such speed limit. No such speed limit applicable on or along designated highways within such towns shall be established at less than twenty-five miles per hour, except that school speed limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour, for a distance OF not [to exceed one thou- sand three hundred twenty feet,] MORE THAN SIX HUNDRED FEET PLUS THE WIDTH OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING on a highway passing [a school] SUCH build- ing, entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway, and except further that in the town of Hempstead speed limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour on any portion of a highway in the community known as Point Lookout; provided, however, that no such speed limit in such town may be established unless a majority of the residents of such community file a petition with the town board of such town requesting such speed limit. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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