senate Bill S5049A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts "Erin's Law"; requires crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds

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Jan 27, 2014 print number 5049a
amend and recommit to local government
Jan 08, 2014 referred to local government
May 07, 2013 referred to local government

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S5049 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §137, Gen Muni L

S5049 - Bill Texts

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Enacts "Erin's Law"; requires crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds abutting roads.

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BILL NUMBER:S5049

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation
to crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require pedestrian crosswalks
along athletic fields and playgrounds to permit safe access and
passage across abutting streets to pedestrians visiting these
facilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - provides that this act shall be known as "Erin's Law".

Section 2 - amends General Municipal Law by adding a new section 137,
which provides that crosswalks will be required near athletic fields
and playgrounds for all roads, other than restricted access highways,
at least every quarter mile to allow safe passage across the street
for pedestrians visiting these playgrounds and athletic fields.

Section 3 - provides that this act shall take effect two years after
it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: On June 9, 2012, Erin Sulkowski, aged 13, was struck by
a car while crossing Maple Road in the Town of Amherst returning home
from a neighborhood playground. Eleven days later she passed away from
her injuries. There were no pedestrian crosswalks available within any
reasonable walking distance which would have afforded her, or her
friend who was also struck by the vehicle, or the many other children
and adults who visit this playground, a safe way to walk from their
homes to the playground. This is not an unusual situation, and many
athletic fields and playgrounds across our state do not have a safe
means for pedestrians to cross abutting streets to access these
facilities. Encouraging walkable communities, family exercise and use
of local playgrounds and athletic fields are important health and
social goals, and it is critical that safer access to these amenities
be provided to access these facilities. While pedestrians must still
exercise care when using a pedestrian crosswalk, these crosswalks, and
accompanying warning signs will provide a greater measure of safety.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect two years after it shall
have become law.

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

                                  5049

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law,  in  relation  to  crosswalks
  near athletic fields and playgrounds

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Erin's law".
  S 2. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section  137
to read as follows:
  S  137.  CROSSWALKS  NEAR ATHLETIC FIELDS AND PLAYGROUNDS. 1. NOTWITH-
STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THERE  SHALL  BE  A
CROSSWALK,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION  ONE HUNDRED TEN OF THE VEHICLE AND
TRAFFIC LAW, ACROSS EACH ROAD THAT ABUTS AN ATHLETIC FIELD OR PLAYGROUND
EVERY ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FEET.
  2. THERE SHALL BE A YIELD SIGN IN EACH DIRECTION OF  TRAFFIC  ALERTING
DRIVERS TO YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS IN THE CROSSWALK.
  3. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO RESTRICTED HIGHWAYS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect two years after it shall have become a
law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10804-02-3

S5049A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §137, Gen Muni L

S5049A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Enacts "Erin's Law"; requires crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds abutting roads.

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BILL NUMBER:S5049A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation
to crosswalks near athletic fields and playgrounds

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To require pedestrian crosswalks along athletic fields and playgrounds
to permit safe access and passage across abutting streets to pedestrians
visiting these facilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - provides that this act shall be known as "Erin's Law".

Section 2 - amends General Municipal Law by adding a new section 137,
which provides that crosswalks will be required near athletic fields and
playgrounds for all roads, other than restricted access highways, at
least every quarter mile to allow safe passage across the street for
pedestrians visiting these playgrounds and athletic fields.

Section 3 - provides that this act shall take effect two years after it
shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION:

On June 9, 2012, Erin Sulkowski, aged 13, was struck by a car while
crossing Maple Road in the Town of Amherst returning home from a neigh-
borhood playground. Eleven days later she passed away from her injuries.
There were no pedestrian crosswalks available within any reasonable
walking distance which would have afforded her, or her friend who was
also struck by the vehicle, or the many other children and adults who
visit this playground, a safe way to walk from their homes to the play-
ground. This is not an unusual situation, and many athletic fields and
playgrounds across our state do not have a safe means for pedestrians to
cross abutting streets to access these facilities. Encouraging walkable
communities, family exercise and use of local playgrounds and athletic
fields are important health and social goals, and it is critical that
safer access to these amenities be provided to access these facilities.
While pedestrians must still exercise care when using a pedestrian
crosswalk, these crosswalks, and accompanying warning signs will provide
a greater measure of safety.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013 - S.5049 - LOCAL GOV'T

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect two years after it shall have become law.

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

                                 5049--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local  Government  --
  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Local Government 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 general municipal law, in relation to crosswalks
  near athletic fields and playgrounds

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Erin's law".
  S  2. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 137
to read as follows:
  S 137. CROSSWALKS NEAR ATHLETIC FIELDS AND  PLAYGROUNDS.  1.  NOTWITH-
STANDING  ANY  OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THERE SHALL BE AT
LEAST ONE CROSSWALK, AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED TEN OF THE  VEHI-
CLE  AND  TRAFFIC  LAW,  LOCATED ACROSS EACH ROAD THAT ABUTS AN ATHLETIC
FIELD OR PLAYGROUND. ONE OR MORE CROSSWALKS SHALL BE LOCATED SO THAT THE
DISTANCE FROM EACH END OF THE ATHLETIC FIELD OR PLAYGROUND TO THE CROSS-
WALK, OR BETWEEN CROSSWALKS, SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED
FEET.
  2. THERE SHALL BE A YIELD SIGN IN EACH DIRECTION OF  TRAFFIC  ALERTING
DRIVERS TO YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS IN THE CROSSWALK.
  3. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO RESTRICTED HIGHWAYS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect two years after it shall have become a
law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10804-03-4

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