senate Bill S6651

Relates to speed limits in cities having a population of one million or more people

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  • 21 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Relates to speed limits in cities having a population of one million or more people.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6651
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1643, V & T L

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BILL NUMBER:S6651

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to minimum speed limits in cities having a population of one
million or more people

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Allows New York City to establish, by local law, speed limits
throughout the city of no less than 25 miles per hour.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 1643 of the vehicle and traffic
law to add a provision allowing cities with a population of one
million or more to establish speed limits as low as 25 miles per hour.

Section 2 of the bill states that the bill shall take effect
immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:

Under current New York State law, citywide speed limits in New York
City cannot be set below 30 miles per hour by the New York City
Council. This bill would amend the New York State Vehicle and Traffic
Law to give New York City home rule power over establishing its own
citywide speed limit as low as 25 miles per hour. The cities of
Buffalo, Rochester, and Long Beach all have some degree of home rule
power to reduce their speed limits below 30 miles per hour.

Approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured, and over 250
are killed every year in traffic accidents in New York City. Reduced
speed limits have been proven to reduce fatality rates and give
pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike increased response time.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6651

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 21, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic  law,  in  relation  to  minimum
  speed  limits  in  cities  having  a population of one million or more
  people

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

  Section  1. Section 1643 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by
chapter 412 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1643. Speed limits on highways in cities and villages. The  legisla-
tive  body  of  any city or village with respect to highways (which term
for the purposes of this section shall include  private  roads  open  to
public  motor vehicle traffic) in such city or village, other than state
highways maintained by the state on which the department of  transporta-
tion shall have established higher or lower speed limits than the statu-
tory  fifty-five  miles  per  hour  speed  limit  as provided in section
sixteen hundred twenty of this title, or  on  which  the  department  of
transportation shall have designated that such city or village shall not
establish any maximum speed limit as provided in section sixteen hundred
twenty-four of this title, subject to the limitations imposed by section
sixteen  hundred  eighty-four of this title may by local law, ordinance,
order, rule or regulation establish maximum speed limits at which  vehi-
cles may proceed within such city or village, within designated areas of
such city or village or on or along designated highways within such city
or  village  higher  or lower than the fifty-five miles per hour maximum
statutory limit. No such speed limit applicable throughout such city  or
village  or  within  designated  areas  of such city or village shall be
established at less than thirty miles per hour; except that  IN  A  CITY
WITH  A  POPULATION  OF  ONE MILLION OR MORE, SPEED LIMITS MAY BE ESTAB-
LISHED AT NOT LESS THAN TWENTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR AND in  the  city  of
Long  Beach, in the county of Nassau, speed limits may be established at
not less than fifteen miles per hour on any  portion  of  the  following
highways  in  such  city:  Cleveland  avenue,  Harding  avenue, Mitchell
avenue, Belmont avenue, Atlantic avenue, Coolidge avenue, Wilson  avenue

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14109-02-4

S. 6651                             2

and  Taft  avenue. No such speed limit applicable on or along designated
highways within such city or village shall be established at  less  than
twenty-five  miles  per  hour,  except  that  school speed limits may be
established  at not less than fifteen miles per hour, for a distance not
to exceed one thousand three hundred twenty feet, on a highway passing a
school building, entrance or exit of a school abutting  on  the  highway
and  except that within the cities of Buffalo and Rochester speed limits
may be established at not less than  fifteen  miles  per  hour  for  any
portion of a highway within a city park.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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