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File #: Res 0068-2014    Version: Name: Increasing the penalty for driving on the sidewalk.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 2/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation increasing the penalty for driving on the sidewalk.
Sponsors: Mark S. Weprin, Costa G. Constantinides, Mark Levine, Rosie Mendez, Helen K. Rosenthal, Antonio Reynoso, Carlos Menchaca, Stephen T. Levin, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, James G. Van Bramer, Paul A. Vallone, Daniel Dromm
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 68 - 2/26/14, 2. Committee Report 4/30/14, 3. Hearing Testimony 4/30/14, 4. Hearing Transcript 4/30/14, 5. Committee Report 5/29/14, 6. Hearing Transcript 5/29/14, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-29-14, 8. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 29, 2014
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
5/29/2014AMark S. Weprin City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/29/2014AMark S. Weprin Committee on Transportation Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/29/2014*Mark S. Weprin Committee on Transportation Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/29/2014*Mark S. Weprin Committee on Transportation Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/29/2014*Mark S. Weprin Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/30/2014*Mark S. Weprin Committee on Transportation Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/30/2014*Mark S. Weprin Committee on Transportation Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/30/2014*Mark S. Weprin Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Mark S. Weprin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Mark S. Weprin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 68-A
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation increasing the penalty for driving on the sidewalk.
 
 
By Council Members Weprin, Constantinides, Levine, Mendez, Rosenthal, Reynoso, Menchaca, Levin, Arroyo, Van Bramer, Vallone and Dromm
 
      Whereas, Section 1225-a of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibits any individual from driving "a motor vehicle on or across a sidewalk" with minor exceptions, such as to gain access to adjacent buildings or driveways; and
      Whereas, A violation of §1225-a is a traffic infraction, resulting in an escalating range of penalties, including a fine of up to $150 for a first offense; and  
      Whereas, Driving on the sidewalk presents a grave risk to pedestrians; and
      Whereas, During a 30-day period in February and March 2013, there were five instances of a motorist hitting a pedestrian on a sidewalk, resulting in three deaths and two serious injuries; and
      Whereas, On September 12, 2013, five children were injured in Maspeth, Queens when an SUV hit them while they were walking on the sidewalk; and  
      Whereas, In light of the inexcusable and serious nature of driving on the sidewalk and the dangerous conditions it creates, the fine for violation of §1225-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law should be increased to up to $250 for a first offense and the infraction should also result in three points being added to the driver's license; now, therefore, be it      
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation increasing the penalty for driving on the sidewalk.
JM/lf
Res2093/2013
3/10/14