Bill Text: NY A01246 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


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

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-4)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-07 - referred to transportation [A01246 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A01246-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          1246

                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     January 7, 2021
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  PAULIN, DINOWITZ, JACOBSON, WOERNER, THIELE,
          MORINELLO, WALCZYK, BYRNES, GOTTFRIED, SMULLEN,  FAHY  --  Multi-Spon-
          sored  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 reducing the
          speed limit to twenty-five miles per  hour  in  cities,  villages  and
          towns

          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] twenty-five  miles  per  hour;  except
    22  that  in  the  city of Long Beach, in the county of Nassau, speed limits

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02145-01-1

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

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     1  residents  of each such community file a petition with the town board of
     2  such town requesting such speed limit.
     3    §  3. Subdivision 1 of section 1271 of the vehicle and traffic law, as
     4  added by chapter 365 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
     5    1. Except in cities with a population  of  one  million  or  more  and
     6  except  as  provided  by local law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation
     7  enacted or promulgated pursuant to subdivision two of this  section,  an
     8  electric  personal  assistive  mobility  device  may only be operated on
     9  highways with a posted speed limit of  [thirty]  twenty-five  miles  per
    10  hour  or  less,  including non-interstate public highways, private roads
    11  open to motor vehicle traffic, and designated bicycle or  in-line  skate
    12  lanes.  Every  person  operating an electric personal assistive mobility
    13  device upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights  and  shall  be
    14  subject  to  all  of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by
    15  this title, except as to special regulations in this article and  except
    16  as  to  those provisions of this title which by their nature can have no
    17  application; provided, however, that when the operator  of  an  electric
    18  personal  assistive mobility device is making a left turn at or crossing
    19  an intersection, such operator shall use the  designated  crosswalk  for
    20  such purpose.
    21    §  4. Subdivision 2 of section 1622 of the vehicle and traffic law, as
    22  amended by chapter 83 of the  laws  of  1969,  is  amended  to  read  as
    23  follows:
    24    2.  Establish maximum speed limits at which vehicles may proceed on or
    25  along all such highways lying within an area or areas as designated by a
    26  description of the boundaries of such area or  areas  submitted  by  the
    27  county  superintendent of highways of a county and the town board of the
    28  town or towns affected lower than fifty-five miles  per  hour  statutory
    29  maximum  speed  limit.  No  such limit shall be established at less than
    30  [thirty] twenty-five miles per hour.
    31    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately.
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