senate Bill S791A

Authorizes department of transportation to survey areas with a high incidence of pedestrian accidents involving senior citizens

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 791A

Summary

Authorizes department of transportation to conduct a statewide survey to determine areas with a high incidence of pedestrian accidents involving senior citizens; requires commissioner to undertake a comprehensive study of mitigating dangers to senior citizens in any and all areas in which the survey indicates the need to take action; requires commissioner to report recommendations and findings to the legislature and the governor on or before April 1, 2017.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2902A
Versions:
S791
S791A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Transportation
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S109A, A643A
2009-2010: S1555A, A1968A
2007-2008: S2446A, A31A

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BILL NUMBER:S791A

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to authorizing the department of
transportation to survey areas of the state with a high incidence of
pedestrian accidents involving senior citizens

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this bill is to help ensure the safety of senior
citizens.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Requires the Department of Transportation, in consultation
with the State Office for the Aging, the Department of Motor Vehicles,
the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, local police agencies and any
other groups deemed necessary, to conduct a statewide survey to
determine areas of high levels of senior pedestrian traffic, and
incidents of senior citizen-motor vehicle accidents.

Section 2. Requires the Commissioner to undertake a comprehensive
study of mitigating dangers to seniors in any and all areas in which
the survey indicates the need take action.

Section 3. Requires the Commissioner to report study results and make
recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on or before April 1,
2017.

Section 4. Effective Date

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

Walking as a means of transportation is increasing in popularity.
Environmental considerations, health concerns, and increasing leisure
hours are factors which promote pedestrian activity in New York State
and elsewhere. All age groups participate in walking activities, but
every year senior citizens have a disproportionately high
representation on The list of those killed or injured in pedestrian
incidents. Preventive pedestrian safety measures have been implemented
outside New York State, and it is only reasonable and prudent that
these measures receive scrutiny and consideration for use in New York
State. This is especially appropriate with the increasing numbers of
senior citizens. Demographic projection, indicate a burgeoning senior
population. Currently there are 3.5 million older New Yorkers and this
number will only increase as the "baby-boomer" aeneration ages. A key
to senior mobility will be the availability of safe walkways. This
bill will begin the necessary first step toward achieving this goal.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S.791 - Referred to Transportation/A.2902 - Referred to Aging
2012: S.109-A -Reported and Committed to Finance/ A.643-A- Passed
Assembly


2011: S.109 - Notice of Committee Consideration Requested. Committee
Discharged Committed to Aging/A.643 Passed Assembly
2010: S.1555- A - Reported and Committed to Rules/A.1968-A Amended on
Third Reading
2009: S.1555 - Advanced to Third Reading; Committed to Rules/S.1968 -
Passed Assembly
2008: S.2446-A - Passed Senate/A.31-A -Passed Assembly; Veto Memo 54
2007: S.2446 -Referred to Transportation/A.31- Passed Assembly
2005-06: A.1895 - Passed Assembly
2003: S.3353 - Passed Senate/A.6409 -Passed Assembly: Veto Memo 150;
Tabled
2001-02: A.2846 - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                 791--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. DIAZ, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when  printed  to  be  committed to the Committee on Transportation --
  recommitted to the Committee  on  Transportation  in  accordance  with
  Senate  Rule  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT in relation to authorizing the department  of  transportation  to
  survey  areas  of  the state with a high incidence of pedestrian acci-
  dents involving senior citizens

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

  Section  1. The department of transportation, in consultation with the
office for the aging, the department of motor vehicles,  the  governor's
traffic safety committee, local police agencies, and any other agency or
group the department of transportation deems necessary to enlist the aid
of,  shall  conduct  a  statewide  survey to determine areas with a high
number of senior citizen residents and/or a high level of senior  pedes-
trian  traffic,  and/or  any incidence of senior citizen - motor vehicle
accidents.
  S 2. The commissioner  of  the  department  of  transportation  shall,
utilizing the results of the survey required by section one of this act,
undertake  a  comprehensive study of the feasibility of methods of miti-
gating dangers to pedestrians in any and all areas in which  the  survey
required  in section one of this act indicates such necessity. The study
shall include, but not be limited to, the feasibility of building safety
median islands permitting pedestrians to cross  on  two  timing  cycles;
retiming  of  traffic signals; installation of crossing signs; installa-
tion of pedestrian warning signs; lowering of vehicle speed limits;  and
cost of implementing any recommendations emanating from the study.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00395-02-4

S. 791--A                           2

  S 3. The commissioner of transportation shall report study results and
make  recommendations to the governor and legislature on or before April
1, 2017.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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