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S09501 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                      May 16, 2024
        Introduced  by  Sen.  COONEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to authorizing and  direct-
          ing  the  department  of transportation to establish a memorial marker
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  highway law is amended by adding a new section 67 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 67. Memorial marker program.  1.  Within  available  resources,  the
     4  department  is  authorized  and  directed to establish a memorial marker
     5  program to commemorate those who have died as  a  result  of  a  vehicle
     6  related  crash on the state highway system and to increase public aware-
     7  ness regarding highway safety. In establishing such program, the depart-
     8  ment shall:
     9    (a) make memorial  markers  available  to  the  immediate  family  and
    10  friends  of  persons  who died as a result of a vehicle related accident
    11  along the state highway system;
    12    (b) provide for the design, construction, installation and maintenance
    13  of memorial markers.
    14    2. Memorial markers shall be placed along the  right  of  way  of  the
    15  state  highway  system at a location proximate to the location where the
    16  fatal vehicle related accident occurred,  provided  that  such  memorial
    17  markers  may  be placed away from the exact location where such fatality
    18  occurred due  to  restricted  space,  safety  concerns,  property  owner
    19  complaints  or  other  constraints.   The department shall establish the
    20  length of time such memorial markers are to remain at the site and shall
    21  reserve the right to have memorial markers removed for  construction  or
    22  other maintenance purposes.
    23    3.  Requests  for memorial markers shall be made by application to the
    24  department by the immediate family or friends of the deceased,  provided
    25  that  friends  making such requests shall be required to submit authori-
    26  zation from the deceased's immediate family. Requests for memorial mark-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 9501                             2
     1  ers shall be made in a manner and form to be determined by  the  depart-
     2  ment.
     3    4.  For purposes of this section, upon written approval by the depart-
     4  ment and the New York State thruway authority,  "state  highway  system"
     5  may additionally include state thruways as defined in this chapter.
     6    5.  The department is authorized to coordinate with the New York State
     7  thruway authority or any successor entity as necessary for the implemen-
     8  tation of this section.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next  succeeding
    10  the  date  on  which it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately,
    11  the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regulation  neces-
    12  sary  for  the  implementation  of  this  act  on its effective date are
    13  authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.
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