senate Bill S5049

Amended

Enacts "Erin's Law"; requires crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5049A

Summary

Enacts "Erin's Law"; requires crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds abutting roads.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5049
S5049A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง137, Gen Muni L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5049

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation
to crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require pedestrian crosswalks
along athletic fields and playgrounds to permit safe access and
passage across abutting streets to pedestrians visiting these
facilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - provides that this act shall be known as "Erin's Law".

Section 2 - amends General Municipal Law by adding a new section 137,
which provides that crosswalks will be required near athletic fields
and playgrounds for all roads, other than restricted access highways,
at least every quarter mile to allow safe passage across the street
for pedestrians visiting these playgrounds and athletic fields.

Section 3 - provides that this act shall take effect two years after
it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: On June 9, 2012, Erin Sulkowski, aged 13, was struck by
a car while crossing Maple Road in the Town of Amherst returning home
from a neighborhood playground. Eleven days later she passed away from
her injuries. There were no pedestrian crosswalks available within any
reasonable walking distance which would have afforded her, or her
friend who was also struck by the vehicle, or the many other children
and adults who visit this playground, a safe way to walk from their
homes to the playground. This is not an unusual situation, and many
athletic fields and playgrounds across our state do not have a safe
means for pedestrians to cross abutting streets to access these
facilities. Encouraging walkable communities, family exercise and use
of local playgrounds and athletic fields are important health and
social goals, and it is critical that safer access to these amenities
be provided to access these facilities. While pedestrians must still
exercise care when using a pedestrian crosswalk, these crosswalks, and
accompanying warning signs will provide a greater measure of safety.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect two years after it shall
have become law.

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

                                  5049

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law,  in  relation  to  crosswalks
  near athletic fields and playgrounds

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Erin's law".
  S 2. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section  137
to read as follows:
  S  137.  CROSSWALKS  NEAR ATHLETIC FIELDS AND PLAYGROUNDS. 1. NOTWITH-
STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THERE  SHALL  BE  A
CROSSWALK,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION  ONE HUNDRED TEN OF THE VEHICLE AND
TRAFFIC LAW, ACROSS EACH ROAD THAT ABUTS AN ATHLETIC FIELD OR PLAYGROUND
EVERY ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FEET.
  2. THERE SHALL BE A YIELD SIGN IN EACH DIRECTION OF  TRAFFIC  ALERTING
DRIVERS TO YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS IN THE CROSSWALK.
  3. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO RESTRICTED HIGHWAYS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect two years after it shall have become a
law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10804-02-3

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