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SECTION 1182-B
Filming of movies, commercials and similar events
Vehicle & Traffic (VAT) CHAPTER 71, TITLE 7, ARTICLE 30
§ 1182-b. Filming of movies, commercials and similar events. 1.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the
department of transportation may, by order, rule or regulation, prohibit
or regulate the filming of movies, commercials and similar events on
state highways. Such rules and regulations shall include, among other
things, provision for adequate insurance coverage; provision for
consultation by the production company of any movie, commercial or
similar events with the municipality involved; provision for payment or
reimbursement of all of the costs and expenses of the state which are
incurred in connection with such an event; provision for assumption of
risk for damages or claims by the production company, its employees and
participants in such event; provision for the closure of or restriction
on public use and travel upon highways or parts thereof for a certain
period of time whenever the state police determine such is necessary to
protect the public safety, security, or convenience. Prior to the
scheduled date of the filming of a movie, commercial or other similar
events, the production company shall apply, in writing, to the
department of transportation for consideration of and authorization to
film such an event. Such application shall be reviewed by the
commissioner of transportation, or his designee, the commissioner of
commerce, or his designee, and the superintendent of state police, or
his designee. Only if such persons unanimously agree that the proposed
filming should take place, the department of transportation shall
continue the review process and shall establish such reasonable
requirements as are necessary to protect the public safety.

2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, no
person or entity shall have the right to bring an action against the
state or municipality or any person employed by the state or
municipality who was acting within the scope of his authority for
damages resulting from or in connection with the filming of a movie,
commercial or similar events. In the event of any such claim being
brought against any such individual employed by the state, the
provisions of section seventeen of the public officers law shall apply.

3. The division of state police and department of commerce are hereby
authorized to provide necessary support and assistance to the department
of transportation in connection with its power to prohibit or regulate
the filming of movies, commercials or other similar events pursuant to
this section.