senate Bill S6496

Amended

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

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 04 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • 04 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6496A
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6496B

Summary

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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Bill Details

Versions:
S6496
S6496A
S6496B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Cities
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1643 & 1642, V & T L; amd §19-177, NYC Ad Cd

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6496

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York, in relation to reducing the speed limit in the city of New
York to twenty miles per hour

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would protect pedestrians by reducing the speed limit in New
York City to twenty miles per hour.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill would amend the administrative code of the
city of New York, subdivision a of section 19-177, which sets the
official speed limit for a vehicle in the city of New York. Under
current law, the official speed limit is thirty miles per hour. This
bill would reduce the official speed limit to twenty miles per hour
except where the City Council determines a different speed limit is
appropriate and an official sign indicates that a different speed
limit is in effect.

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. In fact, at speeds of twenty miles per hour,
the likelihood that a pedestrian hit by a motorist will die is only
five percent, but at just thirty miles per hour that likelihood jumps
to forty five percent. Thus, by reducing the speed limit by ten miles
per hour, and by empowering the City Council to make additional speed
limit changes as it deems appropriate, this bill would have a
significant effect on pedestrian safety.

Early numbers from this year suggest that there is a critical need for
this legislation. In the first two weeks of 2014 there have been seven
pedestrian fatalities in NYC from traffic accidents involving motor
vehicles. 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 on the sixtieth day after it shall have

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

                                  6496

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York,  in
  relation to reducing the speed limit in the city of New York to twenty
  miles per hour

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

  Section 1. Subdivision a of section 19-177 of the administrative  code
of  the  city of New York, as added by local law number 6 of the city of
New York for the year 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  a. The official speed limit for a vehicle in  the  city  of  New  York
shall  be  [thirty]  TWENTY miles per hour except where THE CITY COUNCIL
DETERMINES A DIFFERENT SPEED LIMIT IS APPROPRIATE AND an  official  sign
indicates that a different speed limit is in effect.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13595-01-4

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