A08478 Summary:

BILL NO    A08478B

SAME AS    SAME AS S06496-B

SPONSOR    O'Donnell

COSPNSR    Mosley, Jacobs, Davila, Simotas, Gottfried, Robinson, Millman,
           Dinowitz, Otis, Quart, Weprin, Kavanagh, Sepulveda, Pichardo, Wright,
           Scarborough, Clark, DenDekker, Benedetto, Miller, Heastie,
           Simanowitz, Glick, Ortiz

MLTSPNSR   Arroyo, Cook, Crespo, Jaffee, Lentol, Lopez P, Lupinacci, Perry,
           Rivera, Rozic, Steck, Thiele

Amd SS1643 & 1642, V & T L; amd S19-177, NYC Ad Cd

Authorizes the city of New York to establish speed limits throughout the city
at not less than twenty-five miles per hour and not less than twenty miles per
hour on or along certain designated highways.
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A08478 Actions:

BILL NO    A08478B

01/16/2014 referred to transportation
03/03/2014 amend (t) and recommit to transportation
03/03/2014 print number 8478a
05/14/2014 amend (t) and recommit to transportation
05/14/2014 print number 8478b
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A08478 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A08478 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8478B
 
SPONSOR: O'Donnell
  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 speed limits   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would protect pedestrians by reducing the speed limit in New York City.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends the NYC Administra- tive Code by changing the speed limit in New York City from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour (bill section 3). The bill also amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) to permit the reduction of the NYC speed limit. Specifically, the bill amends VTL section 1643 to permit the NYC speed limit to be not less than 25 miles per hour, and on designated highways under certain circumstances, not less than 20 miles per hour. The bill also amends VTL section 1642(a)(26) by deleting reporting requirements relating to traffic calming measures. The B-print seeks to accomplish the same goal - pedestrian safety - as the A-print, but it does so in a different manner, and the bill has been substantially rewritten. It now amends section 1643 of the VTL as well as section 1642; it amends VTL section 1642 in a different manner than the A-print did; and it amends NYC Administrative Code section 19-177 in a different manner than the A-print did. The B-print also changes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In New York City in 2013, nearly as many people died in traffic accidents as were murdered. The speed at which a motorist is driving correlates strongly with the likelihood that an accident with a pedestrian will be fatal. Early numbers from this year demonstrated the critical need for this legislation. When this bill was first introduced in mid-January 2014, there had been seven pedestrian fatalities in NYC from traffic accidents involving motor vehicles over the course of just 14 days. On one day alone, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, there were two such fatalities - one child and one senior citizen, both crossing streets in crosswalks. This bill, by reducing the speed limit on city streets, will protect all of New York City's pedestrians.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A08478 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         8478--B
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 16, 2014
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. O'DONNELL, MOSLEY, JACOBS, ROSA, DAVILA, SIMOTAS,
          GOTTFRIED, ROBINSON, MILLMAN, DINOWITZ, OTIS, QUART, WEPRIN, KAVANAGH,
          SEPULVEDA, PICHARDO, WRIGHT, SCARBOROUGH, CLARK, DenDEKKER, BENEDETTO,
          MILLER,  HEASTIE, SIMANOWITZ -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO,
          COOK, JAFFEE, LENTOL, PERRY, RIVERA, ROZIC, STECK  --  read  once  and

          referred  to  the Committee on Transportation -- committee discharged,
          bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
          committee  --  again  reported  from  said  committee with amendments,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the administrative  code
          of the city of New York, in relation to speed limits
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 1643 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended  by
     2  chapter 412 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
     3    §  1643. Speed limits on highways in cities and villages. The legisla-
     4  tive body of any city or village with respect to  highways  (which  term

     5  for  the  purposes  of  this section shall include private roads open to
     6  public motor vehicle traffic) in such city or village, other than  state
     7  highways  maintained by the state on which the department of transporta-
     8  tion shall have established higher or lower speed limits than the statu-
     9  tory fifty-five miles per  hour  speed  limit  as  provided  in  section
    10  sixteen  hundred  twenty  of  this  title, or on which the department of
    11  transportation shall have designated that such city or village shall not
    12  establish any maximum speed limit as provided in section sixteen hundred
    13  twenty-four of this title, subject to the limitations imposed by section
    14  sixteen hundred eighty-four of this title may by local  law,  ordinance,
    15  order,  rule or regulation establish maximum speed limits at which vehi-
    16  cles may proceed within such city or village, within designated areas of

    17  such city or village or on or along designated highways within such city
    18  or village higher or lower than the fifty-five miles  per  hour  maximum
    19  statutory  limit. No such speed limit applicable throughout such city or
    20  village or within designated areas of such  city  or  village  shall  be
    21  established  at less than thirty miles per hour; except that in the city
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13595-06-4

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     1  of Long Beach, in the county of Nassau, speed limits may be  established
     2  at  not less than fifteen miles per hour on any portion of the following
     3  highways in  such  city:  Cleveland  avenue,  Harding  avenue,  Mitchell

     4  avenue,  Belmont avenue, Atlantic avenue, Coolidge avenue, Wilson avenue
     5  and Taft avenue; and except that in the city of New York the speed limit
     6  applicable throughout such city may be  established  at  not  less  than
     7  twenty-five  miles per hour.  No such speed limit applicable on or along
     8  designated highways within such city or village shall be established  at
     9  less  than  twenty-five  miles per hour, except that school speed limits
    10  may be established at not less  than  fifteen  miles  per  hour,  for  a
    11  distance  not  to  exceed  one  thousand three hundred twenty feet, on a
    12  highway passing a school building, entrance or exit of a school abutting
    13  on the highway and except that within the cities of Buffalo and  Roches-
    14  ter  speed  limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per

    15  hour for any portion of a highway within a city park,  and  except  that
    16  within  the city of New York speed limits may be established at not less
    17  than twenty miles per hour on or along designated highways  within  such
    18  city  if  such  city  has  determined that the implementation of traffic
    19  calming measures as such term is  defined  in  section  sixteen  hundred
    20  forty-two of this title is not feasible on such highways.
    21    §  2.  Paragraph  26 of subdivision (a) of section 1642 of the vehicle
    22  and traffic law, as added by chapter 499 of the laws of 1999, is amended
    23  to read as follows:
    24    26. [(a)] Establishment of  maximum  speed  limits  below  twenty-five
    25  miles  per  hour  at which motor vehicles may proceed on or along desig-

    26  nated highways within such city for the explicit purpose of implementing
    27  traffic calming measures as  such  term  is  defined  herein;  provided,
    28  however,  that  no such speed limit shall be set below fifteen miles per
    29  hour nor shall such speed limit be established where the traffic calming
    30  measure to be implemented consists solely of  a  traffic  control  sign.
    31  Establishment  of  such  a  speed  limit  shall, where applicable, be in
    32  compliance with the provisions of sections sixteen  hundred  twenty-four
    33  and sixteen hundred eighty-four of this chapter. Nothing contained here-
    34  in  shall be deemed to alter or affect the establishment of school speed
    35  limits pursuant to the provisions of section sixteen hundred forty-three
    36  of this article. For the purposes of this  paragraph,  "traffic  calming
    37  measures"  shall  mean any physical engineering measure or measures that

    38  reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver  behavior
    39  and  improve conditions for non-motorized street users such as pedestri-
    40  ans and bicyclists.
    41    [(b) Any city establishing  maximum  speed  limits  below  twenty-five
    42  miles  per hour pursuant to clause (i) of this subparagraph shall submit
    43  a report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and  the
    44  speaker  of  the  assembly on or before March first, two thousand two on
    45  the results of using traffic calming measures  and  speed  limits  lower
    46  than  twenty-five  miles  per hour as authorized by this paragraph. Such
    47  report shall include, but not be limited to the following:
    48    (i) a description of the designated  highways  where  traffic  calming

    49  measures and a lower speed limit were established and
    50    (ii)  a  description of the specific traffic calming measures used and
    51  the maximum speed limit established.]
    52    § 3. Subdivision a of section 19-177 of the administrative code of the
    53  city of New York, as added by Local law number 6 of the city of New York
    54  for the year 1996, is amended to read as follows:

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     1    a. The official speed limit for a vehicle in  the  city  of  New  York
     2  shall  be  [thirty]  twenty-five miles per hour except where an official
     3  sign indicates that a different speed limit is in effect.
     4    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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