senate Bill S1616

Relates to the monitoring of vehicular traffic speed by electronic toll collection systems operated by public authorities

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Relates to the monitoring of vehicular traffic speed by electronic toll collection systems operated by public authorities; prohibits the public authority from making such vehicle speed data available to any law enforcement personnel for the purposes of issuing a citation or traffic ticket.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1616
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2985, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4232

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1616

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the monitoring of
vehicular traffic speed by electronic toll collection systems

PURPOSE:
To prevent the authorities from using E-Z pass toll tags to catch
speeding drivers.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would prohibit authorities from using vehicle
speed data obtained by an electronic toll collection system to issue
speeding tickets.

EXISTING LAW:
Section 2985 (15) of the public authorities law defines an electronic
toll collection system as a system that collects tolls or charges an
account holder by transmission of information from an electronic
device on a motor vehicle to a toll lane. Section 2985 (14) does not
permit the public authority to sell, distribute, or make available in
any way the name and addresses of E-Z pass account holders for
commercial purposes without such account holders consent. However,
this section does allow the exchange of such information between
entities with jurisdiction over and or operating a toll highway
bridge and tunnel facility.

JUSTIFICATION:
Transportation officials have installed E-Z Pass monitors on 150 miles
of highway in New York and New Jersey to detect traffic congestion.
Although the data collected by the monitors is scrambled to protect
driver's privacy, a law is still needed to ensure that the devices
are not used to identify speeders. The use of the E-Z Pass system is
intended to reduce traffic congestions, traffic delays and air
pollution.

Therefore, the incentive for operators of motor vehicles to install
E-Z Pass monitors in their motor vehicles should not be compromised
by the use of this system to issue speeding tickets.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.4232

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act should take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1616

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the  monitor-
  ing of vehicular traffic speed by electronic toll collection systems

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 2985 of the public authorities law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
  15.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, NO VEHICLE SPEED DATA
GATHERED BY AN ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR PURPOSES  OF  MONI-
TORING  VEHICULAR  TRAFFIC  SPEED  BY  A  PUBLIC AUTHORITY SHALL BE MADE
AVAILABLE BY SUCH PUBLIC AUTHORITY TO ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL  FOR
THE ISSUANCE OF A CITATION OR TRAFFIC TICKET TO AN OPERATOR OF A VEHICLE
FOR VIOLATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE SPEED LIMITS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05668-01-1

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