senate Bill S459A

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 250

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 06 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 06 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 459A

Summary

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 250; makes certain provisions of law permanent.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S459
S459A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1111-a, V & T L; amd §19-210, NYC Ad Cd; amd §17, Chap 746 of 1988; amd §2, NYC, LL 46 of 1989
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S4234

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BILL NUMBER:S459A

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 make
the current "red light camera" pilot program permanent and to increase
the number of "red-light" cameras in operation in the city of New York
from one hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty 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 operation from one hundred fifty
intersections to two hundred fifty 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 two hundred fifty
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 proved effective in
addressing the ever increasing problem of drivers speeding through
intersections to "beat" a red light which poses great danger to other
motorists and pedestrians.


The New York City Police Department has neither the man power nor the
budget to provide enforcement coverage at the thousands of
intersections throughout the city of New York. The "Red Light Camera"
program is a vital tool in enforcement of the traffic laws in the city
and deserves to be expanded by another 100 intersections.

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 since it was originally authorized more than 25
years ago, it is time to make this long standing successful program
permanent rather than being subjected to successive amendments that
continually extend a sunset date.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12, S.4234/A.6892 (Weprin)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Unknown

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 459--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. AVELLA, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --
  recommitted to the Committee  on  Transportation  in  accordance  with
  Senate  Rule  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, 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 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]
TWO hundred fifty intersections within such city at any one time.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03441-02-4

S. 459--A                           2

  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] TWO hundred  fifty  inter-
sections 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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