senate Bill S7031

Authorizes an increase in the maximum speed limit for travel on certain roadways

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  • 21 / Apr / 2014
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Summary

Authorizes an increase in the maximum speed limit for travel on certain roadways.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8225
Versions:
S7031
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1180-a, V & T L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7031

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to authorizing an increase in the maximum speed limit for
travel on certain roadways

PURPOSE:

This bill seeks to amend Section 1180-a of the vehicle and traffic
law, and establish a maximum speed limit of not more than 75 miles per
hour on any road, highway, parkway, or bridge, provided that such
maximum allowable speed limit is established in accordance with all
applicable rules and regulations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

§ 1. Section 1180-a of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to allow
the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation to increase the
maximum speed limit on certain interstate highways to 75 MPH.

§ 2. This act shall take effect on September first next succeeding the
date upon which it shall have become a law.

JUSTIFICATION:

Since the repeal of the National Maximum Speed Limit in 1995, 34
states have raised their state speed limits to 70 MPH or higher while
New York's state speed limit is currently 65 MPH.

Raising the state speed limit in New York would allow for better
traffic flow on certain interstates and provide for greater efficiency
in the delivery of goods.

In recent years, while states have been increasing state speed limits,
the number of fatal crashes nationwide has declined from a peak of
39,252 in 2005 to 29,757 in 2011. According to National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration while Texas has steadily increased its
speed limit, traffic deaths have decreased in the 10 years from
2001-11 from 3,736 to 3,016.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

De minimus to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on September first next succeeding the date
upon which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  7031

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- 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  authorizing
  an increase in the maximum speed limit for travel on certain roadways

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

  Section 1. Section 1180-a of the vehicle and traffic law,  as  amended
by chapter 464 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1180-a. Maximum speed limits. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision
of  law,  no  city,  village,  town, county, public authority, division,
office or department of the state shall maintain or create (a) any speed
limit in excess of fifty-five miles per hour on any road, highway, park-
way or bridge or (b) any speed limit on any other portion  of  a  public
highway,  which  is not uniformly applicable to all types of motor vehi-
cles using such portion of  highway,  if  on  November  first,  nineteen
hundred  seventy-three,  such portion of highway had a speed limit which
was uniformly applicable to  all  types  of  motor  vehicles  using  it;
provided however, a lower speed limit may be established for any vehicle
operating  under  a special permit because of any weight or dimension of
such vehicle, including any load  thereon,  and  (c)  provided  further,
paragraph  (b)  of  this subdivision shall not apply to any portion of a
highway during such time that the condition of the highway, weather,  an
accident, or other condition creates a temporary hazard to the safety of
traffic  on  such portion of a highway. However, the commissioner of the
department of transportation may establish a maximum speed limit [of not
more than sixty-five miles per hour] on any state  roadway  which  meets
department  criteria  for  such  maximum  speed  IN  ACCORDANCE WITH THE
FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:  (I) SEVENTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR ON ANY INTERSTATE
HIGHWAY; (II) SIXTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR FOR ALL OR PART OF HIGHWAYS THAT
ARE DESIGNATED BY THE DEPARTMENT, HAVE AT LEAST FOUR LANES  OF  TRAFFIC,
AND   HAVE   A  SEPARATION  BETWEEN  THE  ROADWAYS  MOVING  IN  OPPOSITE
DIRECTIONS; AND (III) FIFTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR FOR ALL OTHER  HIGHWAYS,
ROADS, AND STREETS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11889-02-3

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  1-A.  ANY  COUNTY,  THROUGH  AN  ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION PASSED BY ITS
GOVERNING BODY, MAY ADOPT ORDINANCES SETTING A MAXIMUM  SPEED  LIMIT  ON
HIGHWAYS,  ROADS,  AND STREETS THAT IS LOWER THAN THE LIMITS ESTABLISHED
BY THIS SECTION.
  2.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdi-
vision one of this section, upon The Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway as
such term is defined in section three hundred fifty-six  of  the  public
authorities  law,  the  New York state thruway authority may establish a
maximum speed limit of not more than [sixty-five] SEVENTY-FIVE miles per
hour provided that such maximum allowable speed limit is established  in
accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
  3.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdi-
vision one of this section, upon (a) the southern tier expressway from a
point east of the town of Lowman,  in  the  county  of  Chemung,  thence
generally  westerly  to  the  Pennsylvania  border  and from the Chemung
interchange to New York touring route twenty-six, (b)  interstate  route
eighty-one  from  the Pennsylvania border in Broome county to the inter-
change with New York state touring route twelve in Jefferson county, (c)
the Adirondack northway portion of interstate  route  eighty-seven  from
the interchange with Crescent Road in Saratoga county to the province of
Quebec,  (d) interstate route eighty-eight from the interchange with New
York state touring route three hundred sixty-nine in  Broome  county  to
the  interchange with interstate route ninety in Schenectady county, (e)
interstate route three hundred ninety, known as the Genesee  Expressway,
from the interchange with the southern tier expressway in Steuben county
to  the  interchange with interstate route four hundred ninety in Monroe
county, (f) interstate route four hundred ninety from interstate  ninety
exit  forty-five  in  Ontario  county to the city of Rochester in Monroe
county and from interstate ninety exit forty-seven in Genesee county  to
the  city  of  Rochester  in  Monroe  county,  (g) interstate route five
hundred ninety from the interchange with interstate route three  hundred
ninety  in  Monroe  county to the interchange with interstate route four
hundred ninety in Monroe county, (h) route  seventeen  from  the  inter-
change  with  New  York  touring  route three hundred ninety-four to the
Pennsylvania border, (i) interstate route four hundred  eighty-one  from
the  southerly  interchange with interstate route eighty-one in Onondaga
county to the northerly interchange with interstate route eighty-one  in
Onondaga  county,  (j) New York state touring route four hundred eighty-
one from the northerly interchange with interstate route  eighty-one  in
Onondaga  county  to the city of Fulton in Oswego county, (k) interstate
ninety from exit eight, in the county of  Rensselaer,  thence  generally
easterly  to  the interchange with the Berkshire section of The Governor
Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, (l) interstate route six hundred  ninety,  from
the city of Syracuse and town of Geddes border, thence generally wester-
ly  to  the  interchange  with  the New York state thruway, (m) New York
state touring route six hundred ninety, from the  interchange  with  the
New  York  state  thruway, thence generally westerly to its intersection
with New York state touring route forty-eight in the town  of  Lysander,
(n)  New  York  state  touring  route  six hundred ninety-five, from the
interchange with interstate route six hundred ninety  approximately  2.3
miles to the interchange with New York state touring route five, (o) New
York  state  touring route five from the interchange with New York state
touring route six hundred ninety-five approximately  5.0  miles  to  the
interchange  with  New York state touring route one hundred seventy-four
in the town of Camillus, and (p) route five hundred thirty-one from  the
interchange  with  interstate route four hundred ninety in Monroe county

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to the interchange with route  thirty-six  in  Monroe  county,  and  (q)
United  States  route  two  hundred  nineteen, from the interchange with
Armor Duelles Road in the town of Orchard Park, thence generally  south-
erly  to  the  interchange  with New York state route thirty-nine in the
town of Concord, the commissioner of the  department  of  transportation
may establish a maximum speed limit of not more than [sixty-five] SEVEN-
TY-FIVE  miles per hour provided that such maximum allowable speed limit
is established in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
  S 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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