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A06686 Summary:

Add 1111-g, V & T L; amd 87, Pub Off L
Authorizes adjudication of traffic control signal indications at no more than thirty-six intersections in the city of Syracuse.
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A06686 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Magnarelli
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the public officers law, in relation to owner liability for failure of operator to comply with traffic-control indications in the city of Syracuse; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE: Authorizes the City of Syracuse to install and use "Red Light" cameras.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Adds new section 1111-g to the Vehicle and Traffic Law to authorize the City of Syracuse to install and operate Red Light Cameras in the City. It provides the regulatory and due process structures for the installation. of the cameras, the registration of violations, issu- ance of tickets/fines and the process for appealing violations. The maximum fine allowed per violation is $50 and the City is authorized to add a $25 surcharge for failure to respond to a notice. The City is authorized to install 36 cameras for this program. Section 2: Amends section 87(2) of the Public Officers Law regarding the use of captured images. Section 3: Establishes that the purchase or lease of equipment for the program will be procured per section 103 of the General Municipal Law. Section 4: Establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In recent years, there has been a troubling trend showing an increase in traffic crashes with injuries and deaths to pedestrians/cyclists. Law enforcement is also seeing a rising trend of traffic violations and dangerous behavior among motorists. To combat this trend, particularly around schools, the City of Syracuse is seeking authorization to deploy "Red Light" cameras to fine offending motorists at select intersections. The program seeks to discourage this behavior and make the streets safer for all. This program will allow the City to use camera technology to fine driv- ers that run red lights. The City will have discretion on which inter- sections to install the cameras at.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.   FISCAL IMPACT: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law and shall expire 5 years after such effective date when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- tive date are authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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