Bill Text: NY A01007 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Authorizes cities, villages and towns to reduce the speed limit to twenty-five miles per hour.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-07 - referred to transportation [A01007 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A01007-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          1007

                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     January 7, 2021
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  PAULIN, DINOWITZ, JACOBSON, WOERNER, THIELE,
          WALCZYK, MORINELLO, BYRNES, GOTTFRIED, McDONOUGH, RA, SMULLEN, FAHY --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK -- read once and referred  to  the
          Committee on Transportation

        AN  ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing
          cities, villages and towns to reduce the speed  limit  to  twenty-five
          miles per hour

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 1643 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended  by
     2  chapter 412 of the laws 2012, is amended to read as follows:
     3    §  1643. Speed limits on highways in cities and villages. The legisla-
     4  tive body of any city or village with respect to  highways  (which  term
     5  for  the  purposes  of  this section shall include private roads open to
     6  public motor vehicle traffic) in such city or village, other than  state
     7  highways  maintained by the state on which the department of transporta-
     8  tion shall have established higher or lower speed limits than the statu-
     9  tory fifty-five miles per  hour  speed  limit  as  provided  in  section
    10  sixteen  hundred  twenty  of  this  title, or on which the department of
    11  transportation shall have designated that such city or village shall not
    12  establish any maximum speed limit as provided in section sixteen hundred
    13  twenty-four of this title, subject to the limitations imposed by section
    14  sixteen hundred eighty-four of this title may by local  law,  ordinance,
    15  order,  rule or regulation establish maximum speed limits at which vehi-
    16  cles may proceed within such city or village, within designated areas of
    17  such city or village or on or along designated highways within such city
    18  or village higher or lower than the fifty-five miles  per  hour  maximum
    19  statutory  limit. No such speed limit applicable throughout such city or
    20  village or within designated areas of such  city  or  village  shall  be
    21  established  at  less  than  thirty  miles per hour; except that (i) the
    22  legislative body of any city or village may  by  local  law,  ordinance,

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02142-01-1

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     1  order, rule or regulation establish a maximum speed limit of twenty-five
     2  miles  per  hour applicable throughout such city or village, and (ii) in
     3  the city of Long Beach, in the county of Nassau,  speed  limits  may  be
     4  established  at  not  less than fifteen miles per hour on any portion of
     5  the following highways in such city: Cleveland avenue,  Harding  avenue,
     6  Mitchell  avenue,  Belmont  avenue,  Atlantic  avenue,  Coolidge avenue,
     7  Wilson avenue and Taft avenue. No such  speed  limit  applicable  on  or
     8  along  designated  highways  within such city or village shall be estab-
     9  lished at less than twenty-five miles per hour, except that school speed
    10  limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour, for a
    11  distance not to exceed one thousand three  hundred  twenty  feet,  on  a
    12  highway passing a school building, entrance or exit of a school abutting
    13  on  the highway and except that within the cities of Buffalo and Roches-
    14  ter speed limits may be established at not less than fifteen  miles  per
    15  hour for any portion of a highway within a city park.
    16    §  2.  Section  1662-a  of  the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by
    17  chapter 405 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
    18    § 1662-a. Speed limits in certain towns. The town board of any  subur-
    19  ban  town  governed  pursuant to article three-A of the town law and the
    20  town board of any other town having a population exceeding  fifty  thou-
    21  sand,  with  respect  to  highways  (which term for the purposes of this
    22  section shall include private roads open to public motor  vehicle  traf-
    23  fic)  in such towns outside any village, other than state highways main-
    24  tained by the state on which the department of transportation shall have
    25  established higher or lower speed limits than the  statutory  fifty-five
    26  miles per hour speed limit as provided in section sixteen hundred twenty
    27  of  this  title, or on which the department of transportation shall have
    28  designated that such towns shall not establish any maximum  speed  limit
    29  as  provided  in  section  sixteen  hundred  twenty-four  of this title,
    30  subject to the limitations imposed by section  sixteen  hundred  eighty-
    31  four  of  this  title  may by local law, ordinance, order, rule or regu-
    32  lation establish maximum speed limits  at  which  vehicles  may  proceed
    33  within  such towns, within designated areas of such towns or on or along
    34  designated highways within such towns lower than  the  fifty-five  miles
    35  per  hour  maximum  statutory  limit.  No  such  speed  limit applicable
    36  throughout such towns or within designated areas of such towns shall  be
    37  established  at  less than thirty miles per hour, except that (i) a town
    38  board may by local law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation establish a
    39  maximum speed limit of twenty-five miles per hour applicable  throughout
    40  such  town  and (ii) in the town of Hempstead speed limits may be estab-
    41  lished at not less than fifteen miles per hour on any portion of a high-
    42  way in the community known as Point Lookout and on all or any portion of
    43  the following highways in the  community  known  as  Lido  Beach:  Ocean
    44  Boulevard,  Allevard  Street,  Bath  Street,  Buxton  Street, Cheltenham
    45  Street, Pinehurst Street, Harrogate  Street,  Matlock  Street,  Nantwick
    46  Street,  Biarritz  Street, Royat Street, Luchon Street, Woodhail Street,
    47  Leamington Street, Saratoga  Street,  Kensington  Street,  and  Prescott
    48  Street;  provided, however, that no such speed limit in such town may be
    49  established unless a majority of the residents of  each  such  community
    50  file  a  petition with the town board of such town requesting such speed
    51  limit. No such speed limit applicable on or  along  designated  highways
    52  within  such  towns  shall be established at less than twenty-five miles
    53  per hour, except that school speed limits may be established at not less
    54  than fifteen miles per hour, for a distance not to exceed  one  thousand
    55  three  hundred  twenty  feet,  on  a  highway passing a school building,
    56  entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway, and except further

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     1  that in the town of Hempstead speed limits may  be  established  at  not
     2  less  than  fifteen  miles  per  hour on any portion of a highway in the
     3  communities known as Point Lookout and Lido  Beach;  provided,  however,
     4  that no such speed limit in such town may be established unless a major-
     5  ity  of  the  residents  of each such community file a petition with the
     6  town board of such town requesting such speed limit.
     7    § 3. Subdivision 2 of section 1622 of the vehicle and traffic law,  as
     8  amended  by  chapter  83  of  the  laws  of  1969, is amended to read as
     9  follows:
    10    2. Establish maximum speed limits at which vehicles may proceed on  or
    11  along all such highways lying within an area or areas as designated by a
    12  description  of  the  boundaries  of such area or areas submitted by the
    13  county superintendent of highways of a county and the town board of  the
    14  town  or  towns  affected lower than fifty-five miles per hour statutory
    15  maximum speed limit. No such limit shall be  established  at  less  than
    16  [thirty] twenty-five miles per hour.
    17    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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