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A04008 Summary:

BILL NOA04008
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORMurray
 
COSPNSRGraf, Williams, Montesano, Raia, Miller ML, Ra, Giglio, McDonough
 
MLTSPNSRMcDonald
 
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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A04008 Memo:

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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A04008 Text:



 
                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.
                                                                   LBD08749-01-7

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     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  to

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     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.
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