NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6686
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
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.
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
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.
To be determined.
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upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.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