|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Graf, Williams, Montesano, Raia|
|Amd §§1111, 1681 & 1682, V & T L|
|Requires yellow lights at traffic intersections to last a minimum of four seconds and that they be examined and certified every two years to ensure accuracy.|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A4008 SPONSOR: Murray
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to yellow signals at traffic intersections   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To standardize across the state a minimum amount of time for the yellow signal at a traffic intersection to stay lit prior to turning to red.   JUSTIFICATION: By standardizing the minimum amount of time a traffic device will stay yellow, residents across the state will be able to navigate traffic intersections safely by assuring them enough time to stop before reach- ing the intersection. Further, with the emergence of red light camera tickets, a common complaint among the citizenry is that intersections with red light cameras affixed have shortened yellow signals. By standardizing across the state all yellow signals must be at least 4 seconds in duration, these fears by the citizenry will be alleviated and will give recourse to any person who can prove a yellow signal was shorter than the prescribed 4 seconds.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the nineteenth day after it shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4008 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 30, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. MURRAY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to yellow signals at traffic intersections The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Paragraphs 1 and 2 of subdivision (b) of section 1111 of 2 the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 356 of the laws of 3 1971, are amended to read as follows: 4 1. Traffic, except pedestrians, facing a steady circular yellow signal 5 may enter the intersection; however, said traffic is thereby warned that 6 the related green movement is being terminated or that a red indication 7 will be exhibited [ immediately] a minimum of four seconds thereafter. 8 2. Traffic, except pedestrians, facing a steady yellow arrow signal 9 may cautiously enter the intersection only to complete the movement 10 indicated by such arrow or make such other movement as is permitted by 11 other indications shown at the same time; however, said traffic is 12 thereby warned that the related green arrow movement is being terminated 13 or that a red indication will be exhibited [ immediately] a minimum of 14 four seconds thereafter. 15 § 2. Subdivision (c) of section 1681 of the vehicle and traffic law, 16 as amended by chapter 689 of the laws of 1985, the opening paragraph as 17 amended by chapter 560 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as 18 follows: 19 (c) 1. Except as otherwise provided the cost of providing, erecting, 20 maintaining and removing traffic-control devices ordered by the depart- 21 ment of transportation shall be paid from any moneys available for the 22 maintenance, repair or reconstruction of state highways upon vouchers 23 approved by the department of transportation. However, the work of 24 providing, erecting and removing such traffic-control devices may be 25 performed by contract in the same manner as provided for state highways EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08749-01-7A. 4008 2 1 in article three of the highway law, or, by the use of department of 2 transportation forces and equipment and all materials purchased there- 3 for, or by a combination of such methods, and the cost of such work may 4 be paid from such moneys available for the construction of state high- 5 ways. Except as herein provided, nothing shall be paid from such moneys 6 for providing, erecting or maintaining traffic-control signals or flash- 7 ing signals used in connection with regulating traffic upon a highway 8 under the jurisdiction of the department of transportation at entrances 9 to private property, and nothing shall be paid from such moneys for 10 maintaining traffic-control signals or flashing signals used in 11 connection with regulating traffic upon a highway under the jurisdiction 12 of the department of transportation at entrances to schools. Upon deter- 13 mination by the department of transportation of the need for such a 14 signal, the department of transportation may permit any person, firm, 15 association, corporation or public body to provide and erect such signal 16 in accordance with standards and specifications established by the 17 department of transportation. The department of transportation may 18 require that some or all of the control equipment used in the signal 19 construction be supplied by the state to ensure equipment quality and 20 compatibility with state practices and the cost of such furnished equip- 21 ment shall be reimbursed to the state by the party receiving permission 22 to provide and erect the signal. 23 2. All signals erected on or after the first day of April, nineteen 24 hundred eighty-six with permission of the department of transportation 25 and in accordance with the standards and specifications established by 26 the department of transportation shall be maintained by the state. The 27 party which erected such signals shall pay the state an annual fee to be 28 determined by the commissioner of transportation. Such fees shall cover 29 the cost of normal signal maintenance, but shall not include the cost of 30 electrical energy or major modifications or replacements which shall 31 remain the responsibility of the party which erected the signal. The 32 department of transportation may, in its discretion, agree to assume the 33 same maintenance responsibility for signals erected with the permission 34 of the department of transportation prior to the first day of April, 35 nineteen hundred eighty-six, if the department of transportation deter- 36 mines that such signal substantially meets established standards and is 37 in a satisfactory state of repair. The party which erected such signals 38 shall also pay the state an annual fee which shall be calculated in the 39 same manner as fees for signals erected on or after the first day of 40 April, nineteen hundred eighty-six. The department of transportation 41 shall further ensure that all traffic-control signals in its jurisdic- 42 tion shall be examined and certified to be accurate every two years. 43 3. No such traffic signal or flashing signal erected with permission 44 of the department of transportation shall be removed except with the 45 written consent of the department of transportation. 46 4. The department of transportation shall have the right to revoke its 47 permission to provide, erect or maintain such a signal and shall have 48 the right to require that the signal be removed without a hearing or 49 necessity of showing cause. 50 § 3. Section 1682 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chap- 51 ter 979 of the laws of 1962, is amended to read as follows: 52 § 1682. Local traffic-control devices. Local authorities in their 53 respective jurisdiction shall: (a) place and maintain such traffic-con- 54 trol devices, conforming to the state manual and specifications, as they 55 may deem necessary to indicate and carry out the provisions of this 56 chapter or local traffic ordinances, orders, rules or regulations or toA. 4008 3 1 regulate, warn, or guide traffic, except that a city having a population 2 in excess of one million shall conform to the state manual and specifi- 3 cations only insofar as such local authority in its discretion deems 4 practicable; and (b) ensure that all traffic-control signals are exam- 5 ined and certified to be accurate every two years. 6 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.