senate Bill S7712

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 300

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  • 02 / Jun / 2014
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Summary

Increases the number of traffic light cameras permitted in New York city to 300; makes certain provisions of law permanent.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7712
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

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7712

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
eliminate the sunset date on the current "red light camera" pilot
program and make permanent while also increasing the amount of
"red-light" cameras in operation in New York City from one hundred and
fifty to three hundred 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 use from one hundred fifty
intersections to three hundred 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 three hundred
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 proven effective on
many fronts. "Red Light Cameras" have addressed: instances of drivers
attempting to beat a yellow traffic light by speeding through
intersections not only in intersections equipped with "Red Light


Cameras" but other intersections within the city in which they are
employed also known as the Halo effect.

The New York City Police Department is already spread thin without
being tasked with traffic signal enforcement at thousands of
intersections throughout the city of New York. The "Red Light Camera"
program strikes the right balance between leveraging technology
available to us and aiding the New York City Police Department as such
The City of New York "Red Light Camera" program should be expanded and
made permanent.

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 it is imperative to expand this program and use
employ it as a permanent part of New York City's arsenal to keep
pedestrians safe.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7712

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 2, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DILAN  -- 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 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]
THREE hundred [fifty] intersections within such city at any one time.
  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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15438-01-4

S. 7712                             2

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] THREE hundred [fifty]
intersections 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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