senate Bill S109A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 13, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Jan 05, 2012 print number 109a
amend and recommit to aging
Jan 04, 2012 referred to aging
Mar 31, 2011 committee discharged and committed to aging
Feb 22, 2011 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 05, 2011 referred to transportation

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Feb 13, 2012 - Aging committee Vote

S109A
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Aging Committee Vote: Feb 13, 2012

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S109 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A643A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Transportation
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1555A, A1968A

S109 - Bill Texts

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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, 2014.

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BILL NUMBER:S109

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 to take action.

Section 3 Report required. Requires the Commissioner to report study
results and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on or
before April 1, 2013.

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 projections
indicate a burgeoning senior population. Currently there are 3.5
million older New Yorkers and this number will only increase as the
"baby-boomer" generation ages. A key to senior mobility will be the
availability of safe walkways. This bill will begin the necessary
first steps toward achieving this goal.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2010: S.1555A - Reported and Committed to Rules/A.1968A - Amended on
Third Reading
2009: S.1555- Advanced to Third Reading; Committed to Rules/S.1968 -
Passed Assembly
2008: S.2446A - Passed Senate/A.31A 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   109

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

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

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.
  S 3. The commissioner of transportation shall report study results and
make  recommendations to the governor and legislature on or before April
1, 2013.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02201-01-1

S109A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A643A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Transportation
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1555A, A1968A

S109A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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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, 2014.

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BILL NUMBER:S109A

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 to take action.

Section 3 Report required. Requires the Commissioner to report study
results and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on
or before April 1, 2014.

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, hut
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" generation 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:
2011: S.109 - Discharged from Transportation and Committed to
Aging/A.643 Passed Assembly
2010: S.1555 A - Reported and Committed to Rules/A.1968A
Amended on Third Reading
2009: S.1555 - Advanced to Third Reading; Committed
to Rules/S.1968 - Passed Assembly
2008: S.2446A - Passed Senate/A.31A 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 109--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation  --  recom-
  mitted  to  the  Committee  on Aging 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.
                                                           LBD02201-02-1

S. 109--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, 2014.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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