New York SB 555 – Provides that the maximum speed limit on state highways


Bill No.:
SB 555
Bill Location:
New YorkSenate
Bill Title:

Provides that the maximum speed limit on state highways may be established pursuant to an engineering and/or traffic investigation authorized or performed by the department of transportation or the municipality within which the section of state highway subject to such speed limit is located.

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NMA Recommendation:
Oppose

Senate Bill 555 was introduced on January 9, 2019 and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee where it has not been scheduled yet for a hearing or vote.

The NMA’s opposition is that the bill’s language doesn’t go far enough to set safe, free-flowing speed limits on NY state highways. It has two sections, the first pertaining to highways outside of cities with populations greater than one million and the second for state highways within cities or similar jurisdictions.

The language for the former is deficient; it allows that the maximum speed limit may be established pursuant to an engineering¬† and/or traffic investigation.”May” should be changed to “shall” since speed limits should all be supported by traffic speed studies.

For state highways within cities, SB 555 requires (“shall”) maximum speed limits to be pursuant to an engineering and/or traffic investigation authorized or performed by the department of transportation or the city, village, or suburban town where the particular section of state highway is located. This clause is supported by the NMA.

 


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