Senate Passes Legislation to Improve Road Safety, Protect Bike Paths And Pedestrians

This comprehensive public safety initiative will help prevent tragedies by making roads safer for all. The initiative will require and fund educational programs to improve and promote bike, pedestrian, school bus, and railroad crossing safety standards. It will increase penalties for endangering workers in highway work zones, require charter busses to adopt commercial GPS technology, and require for-hire vehicles using smartphone apps to incorporate identification safety measures. 

“Today, the Senate Democratic Majority is passing a legislative package that will improve safety on the roads for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians alike,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Under my leadership, we will continue to invest in New York’s infrastructure and put forth policies like these that will make our roads safer for all who use them. I thank Senate Transportation Committee Chair Tim Kennedy and all the bill sponsors for putting forth this legislation that will help to save lives and prevent serious injuries.”

Senator Tim Kennedy, Bill Sponsor and Chair of the Transportation Committee said, “This comprehensive package of legislation advanced by the Democratic Conference prioritizes safety and accountability on New York's roadways. I thank our Majority Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, for continuing to drive forward a progressive transportation agenda that seeks to protect New Yorkers, and create more secure and sustainable communities statewide.”

Read the Senate Majority press release.

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