senate Bill S309A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires a study of the performance of the state's roadways in reducing the risk of motor vehicles departing the travel lane and overturning, or colliding with fixed objects

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Jan 17, 2014 print number 309a
amend and recommit to transportation
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Jan 09, 2013 referred to transportation

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S309 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A176A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Transportation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §14, Transp L; amd §361, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7399A, A10125A

S309 - Bill Texts

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Requires a study of the performance of the state's roadways in reducing the risk of motor vehicles departing the travel lane and overturning, or colliding with fixed objects, or colliding with motorized or non-motorized vehicles or pedestrians, or leaving the roadway; further requires the commissioner of transportation and the thruway authority to submit a report to the governor and legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S309

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the transportation law and the public authorities law, in
relation to the study and examination of the state's roadways and the
thruway in reducing certain motor vehicle risks

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To improve the safety of the state's roadways and reduce the risk of
crashes.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The bill would direct the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the
Thruway Authority (Authority), to study and examine the performance
of the state's roadways and the Thruway, respectively, in reducing
the departure of motor vehicles from travel lanes and subsequently
crashing, utilizing existing data whenever possible. The study and
examination would be required to include, but not be limited to,
high-fatality roadway segments and those segments with hazardous
features such as steep slopes, embankments, cliffs, drop-offs or deep
bodies of water. The bill also would direct DOT and the Authority to
each submit annual reports to the governor and the Legislature to
include the number and type of travel lane departure crashes, the
extent to which DOT or the Authority has analyzed crash data and
identified and considered the safety needs of the roadways, and the
measures and strategies that have been undertaken, or plan to be
undertaken, to improve roadway performance and reduce the risk of
travel lane departures and crashes.

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

Motor vehicle crashes take a terrible human toll on people whether
they are vehicle passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or
pedestrians, depriving individuals of their independence when crashes
cause serious physical injury, and depriving families of their loved
ones and society of valued members when the crashes are fatal. While
there are general downward trends in the number of motor vehicle
fatal crashes and the number of fatalities on New York State's
roadways, more can and should be done to further prevent them. This
bill presents an opportunity to focus on high-risk sections of road
across the State such as those with a high number of fatal crashes,
and those with
hazardous features like steep slopes, embankments, cliffs, drop-offs
and deep bodies of water.
Strategies for reducing the risk of vehicles abruptly leaving their
lanes of travel and crashing can and should be identified in order to
reduce the risk of crashes at these high-risk locations to better


protect the safety of the traveling public and prevent future
tragedies.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: S.7399A - Amended on Third Reading, Committed to Rules/
A.10125A - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect sixty days after it shall have become a law.

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

                                   309

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the transportation law and the public  authorities  law,
  in  relation  to the study and examination of the state's roadways and
  the thruway in reducing certain motor vehicle risks

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

  Section  1.  Section 14 of the transportation law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 36 to read as follows:
  36. TO STUDY AND EXAMINE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE  STATE'S  ROADWAYS  IN
REDUCING  THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLES DEPARTING THE TRAVEL LANE AND OVER-
TURNING, OR COLLIDING WITH FIXED OBJECTS, OR COLLIDING WITH MOTORIZED OR
NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR PEDESTRIANS,  OR  LEAVING  THE  ROADWAY.  SUCH
STUDY  AND EXAMINATION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, SEGMENTS OF
THE STATE'S ROADWAYS WITH A HIGH NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES,  AND  SEGMENTS
OF  ROADWAY  WITH  HAZARDOUS FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS,
CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SUBMIT
A REPORT ON LANE DEPARTURES, UTILIZING EXISTING DATA WHENEVER  POSSIBLE,
BEGINNING  NO  LATER THAN AUGUST THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN AND
ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE  LEGISLATURE  WHICH  REPORT
SHALL  INCLUDE  BUT  SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF
TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURE CRASHES ON THE STATE'S ROADWAYS INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, FIXED OBJECT, HEAD-ON, CROSS-OVER,  ROLLOVER  AND  SIDESWIPE
CRASHES,  ROADWAY DEPARTURES, AND THOSE INVOLVING NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES
AND PEDESTRIANS; (B) THE EXTENT TO WHICH  THE  DEPARTMENT  HAS  ANALYZED
CRASH DATA AND IDENTIFIED AND CONSIDERED THE SAFETY NEEDS OF THE STATE'S
ROADWAYS  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO  HIGH-FATALITY  SEGMENTS  AND
SEGMENTS WITH HAZARDOUS FEATURES  SUCH  AS  STEEP  SLOPES,  EMBANKMENTS,
CLIFFS,  DROP-OFFS  OR  DEEP  BODIES  OF WATER; AND (C) THE MEASURES AND
STRATEGIES THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN, OR PLANS TO UNDERTAKE, TO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00955-01-3

S. 309                              2

IMPROVE ROADWAY PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLE  TRAVEL
LANE DEPARTURES AND CRASHES.
  S  2. Section 361 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3. THE AUTHORITY SHALL STUDY AND EXAMINE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE  THRU-
WAY IN REDUCING THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLES DEPARTING THE TRAVEL LANE AND
OVERTURNING,  OR  COLLIDING WITH FIXED OBJECTS, OR COLLIDING WITH MOTOR-
IZED OR NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR PEDESTRIANS, OR LEAVING  THE  THRUWAY.
SUCH  STUDY  AND  EXAMINATION  SHALL  INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT  BE LIMITED TO,
SEGMENTS OF THE THRUWAY  WITH  A  HIGH  NUMBER  OF  FATAL  CRASHES,  AND
SEGMENTS  WITH  HAZARDOUS  FEATURES  SUCH  AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS,
CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER. THE AUTHORITY SHALL SUBMIT  A
REPORT  ON  LANE  DEPARTURES, UTILIZING EXISTING DATA WHENEVER POSSIBLE,
BEGINNING NO LATER THAN AUGUST THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND  FOURTEEN  AND
ANNUALLY  THEREAFTER,  TO  THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE WHICH REPORT
SHALL INCLUDE BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE NUMBER  AND  TYPE  OF
TRAVEL  LANE DEPARTURE CRASHES ON THE THRUWAY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO, FIXED OBJECT, HEAD-ON, CROSS-OVER, ROLLOVER AND  SIDESWIPE  CRASHES,
ROADWAY  DEPARTURES,  AND  THOSE  INVOLVING  NON-MOTORIZED  VEHICLES AND
PEDESTRIANS; (B) THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE AUTHORITY  HAS  ANALYZED  CRASH
DATA  AND  IDENTIFIED  AND  CONSIDERED  THE  SAFETY NEEDS OF THE THRUWAY
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HIGH-FATALITY SEGMENTS  AND  SEGMENTS  WITH
HAZARDOUS  FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS, CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS
OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER; AND (C) THE MEASURES AND  STRATEGIES  THAT  THE
AUTHORITY  HAS  UNDERTAKEN,  OR  PLANS  TO UNDERTAKE, TO IMPROVE THRUWAY
PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL LANE  DEPARTURES
AND CRASHES.
  S  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

Co-Sponsors

S309A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A176A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Transportation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §14, Transp L; amd §361, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7399A, A10125A

S309A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Requires a study of the performance of the state's roadways in reducing the risk of motor vehicles departing the travel lane and overturning, or colliding with fixed objects, or colliding with motorized or non-motorized vehicles or pedestrians, or leaving the roadway; further requires the commissioner of transportation and the thruway authority to submit a report to the governor and legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S309A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the transportation law and the public
authorities law, in relation to the study and examination of the
state's roadways and the thruway in reducing certain motor vehicle
risks

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Requires a study of the performance of the state's roadways in
reducing the risk of motor vehicles departing the travel lane and
overturning., or colliding with fixed objects.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends the transportation law, section 14 by adding a new
subdivision 36. Requires the Commissioner to submit a report on lane
departures, utilizing existing data whenever possible. Provides that
such report shall be submitted no later than August 31, 2015 and
annually thereafter to the governor and the legislature. Specifies
that the report shall include but not be limited to high-fatality
roadway segments and those segments with hazardous features such as
steep slopes. embankments, cliffs, drop-offs or deep bodies of water.
Provides that no provision of this subdivision shall be deemed to
conflict with or supersede the evidentiary and discovery protections
and rights as provided for in federal or state law.

Section 2. Amends the public authorities law section 361 by adding a
new subdivision 3. Requires the authority to duty and examine the
performance of the thruway authority in reducing the risk of motor
vehicles departing the travel lane and overturning. Provides that such
report shall be submitted no later than August 31, 2015 and annually
thereafter to the governor and the legislature. Provides that no
provision of this subdivision shall be deemed to conflict with or
supersede the evidentiary and discovery protections and rights as
provided for in federal or state law.

Section 3. Effective Date

EXISTING LAW:

None

JUSTIFICATION:

Motor vehicle crashes take a terrible human toll on people whether
they are vehicle passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or
pedestrians, depriving individuals of their independence when crashes
cause serious physical injury, and depriving families of their loved
ones and society of valued members when the crashes are fatal. While
there are general downward trends in the number of motor vehicle fatal
crashes and the number of fatalities on New York State's roadways,
more can and should be done to further prevent them. This bill
presents an opportunity to focus on high-risk sections of road across
the State such as those with a high number of fatal crashes, and those
with hazardous features like steep slopes, embankments, cliffs,
drop-offs and deep bodies of water. Strategies for reducing the risk


of vehicles abruptly leaving their lanes of travel and crashing can
and should be identified in order to reduce the risk of crashes at
these high-risk locations to better protect the safety of the
traveling public and prevent future tragedies.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S.309 - Referred to Transportation/A.176 - Referred to
Transportation
2012: Similar bill- S.7399-A - Amended on Third Reading Calendar;
Committed to Rules/A.10125-A - Passed Assembly.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect sixty days after it shall have become a
law.

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

                                 309--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 to amend the transportation law and the public  authorities  law,
  in  relation  to the study and examination of the state's roadways and
  the thruway in reducing certain motor vehicle risks

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

  Section  1.  Section 14 of the transportation law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 36 to read as follows:
  36. TO STUDY AND EXAMINE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE  STATE'S  ROADWAYS  IN
REDUCING  THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLES DEPARTING THE TRAVEL LANE AND OVER-
TURNING, OR COLLIDING WITH FIXED OBJECTS, OR COLLIDING WITH MOTORIZED OR
NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR PEDESTRIANS,  OR  LEAVING  THE  ROADWAY.  SUCH
STUDY  AND EXAMINATION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, SEGMENTS OF
THE STATE'S ROADWAYS WITH A HIGH NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES,  AND  SEGMENTS
OF  ROADWAY  WITH  HAZARDOUS FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS,
CLIFFS, DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SUBMIT
A REPORT ON LANE DEPARTURES, UTILIZING EXISTING DATA WHENEVER  POSSIBLE,
BEGINNING  NO  LATER  THAN AUGUST THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND
ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE  LEGISLATURE  WHICH  REPORT
SHALL  INCLUDE  BUT  SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF
TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURE CRASHES ON THE STATE'S ROADWAYS INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, FIXED OBJECT, HEAD-ON, CROSS-OVER,  ROLLOVER  AND  SIDESWIPE
CRASHES,  ROADWAY DEPARTURES, AND THOSE INVOLVING NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES
AND PEDESTRIANS; (B) THE EXTENT TO WHICH  THE  DEPARTMENT  HAS  ANALYZED
CRASH DATA AND IDENTIFIED AND CONSIDERED THE SAFETY NEEDS OF THE STATE'S
ROADWAYS  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO  HIGH-FATALITY  SEGMENTS  AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00955-02-4

S. 309--A                           2

SEGMENTS WITH HAZARDOUS FEATURES  SUCH  AS  STEEP  SLOPES,  EMBANKMENTS,
CLIFFS,  DROP-OFFS  OR  DEEP  BODIES  OF WATER; AND (C) THE MEASURES AND
STRATEGIES THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN, OR PLANS TO UNDERTAKE, TO
IMPROVE  ROADWAY PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL
LANE DEPARTURES AND CRASHES.
  S 2. Section 361 of the public authorities law is amended by adding  a
new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3.  THE AUTHORITY SHALL STUDY AND EXAMINE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE THRU-
WAY IN REDUCING THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLES DEPARTING THE TRAVEL LANE AND
OVERTURNING, OR COLLIDING WITH FIXED OBJECTS, OR COLLIDING  WITH  MOTOR-
IZED  OR  NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR PEDESTRIANS, OR LEAVING THE THRUWAY.
SUCH STUDY AND  EXAMINATION  SHALL  INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT  BE  LIMITED  TO,
SEGMENTS  OF  THE  THRUWAY  WITH  A  HIGH  NUMBER  OF FATAL CRASHES, AND
SEGMENTS WITH HAZARDOUS FEATURES  SUCH  AS  STEEP  SLOPES,  EMBANKMENTS,
CLIFFS,  DROP-OFFS OR DEEP BODIES OF WATER. THE AUTHORITY SHALL SUBMIT A
REPORT ON LANE DEPARTURES, UTILIZING EXISTING  DATA  WHENEVER  POSSIBLE,
BEGINNING  NO  LATER  THAN AUGUST THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND
ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE  LEGISLATURE  WHICH  REPORT
SHALL  INCLUDE  BUT  SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF
TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURE CRASHES ON THE THRUWAY INCLUDING, BUT NOT  LIMITED
TO,  FIXED  OBJECT, HEAD-ON, CROSS-OVER, ROLLOVER AND SIDESWIPE CRASHES,
ROADWAY DEPARTURES,  AND  THOSE  INVOLVING  NON-MOTORIZED  VEHICLES  AND
PEDESTRIANS;  (B)  THE  EXTENT TO WHICH THE AUTHORITY HAS ANALYZED CRASH
DATA AND IDENTIFIED AND CONSIDERED  THE  SAFETY  NEEDS  OF  THE  THRUWAY
INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED TO HIGH-FATALITY SEGMENTS AND SEGMENTS WITH
HAZARDOUS FEATURES SUCH AS STEEP SLOPES, EMBANKMENTS, CLIFFS,  DROP-OFFS
OR  DEEP  BODIES  OF WATER; AND (C) THE MEASURES AND STRATEGIES THAT THE
AUTHORITY HAS UNDERTAKEN, OR PLANS  TO  UNDERTAKE,  TO  IMPROVE  THRUWAY
PERFORMANCE  AND REDUCE THE RISK OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL LANE DEPARTURES
AND CRASHES.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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