ASSEMBLY, No. 214

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

213th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2008 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman JON M. BRAMNICK

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblywoman  NANCY F. MUNOZ

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblyman ERIC MUNOZ

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Prieto

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires traffic to stop for senior citizen transportation vehicles with certain equipment.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning senior citizen transportation and supplementing chapter 4 of Title 39 of the revised statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    As used in this act:

     "Senior citizen transportation vehicle" means a vehicle of 12 or more passengers used primarily to transport senior citizens to and from senior citizens' centers.

     "Senior citizen"  means any individual 62 years of age or over.

 

     2.    a.  If a senior citizen transportation vehicle is equipped with signal lamps and a stop signal arm that satisfy the requirements of this section and is stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any senior citizen, the driver of the vehicle may actuate the flashing lights and extend the stop signal arm.  The lights and the stop signal arm shall not be used for a purpose other than receiving or discharging a senior citizen.

     b.    (1) Signal lamps shall be mounted at the same level and as high and as widely spaced laterally as practicable.  These lamps shall be 5 to 7 inches in diameter and shall display two alternately flashing lights visible at 500 feet to the front and rear in normal sunlight upon a straight level highway.

     (2)   The stop signal arm shall extend horizontally from the left side of the vehicle.

     (3)   The administrator shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the form and design of the signal lamps and stop signal arm.

 

     3.    a.  The driver of a vehicle approaching or overtaking from either direction a senior citizen transportation vehicle stopped on the highway shall stop before reaching the senior citizen transportation vehicle when the flashing lights and stop signal arm described in section 2 of P.L.    , c.   (C.      ) (now pending before the Legislature as this  bill) are in use.  After stopping, a driver may proceed past such vehicle at a reasonable and prudent speed, not exceeding 15 miles per hour, and shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian who crosses the roadway to or from the senior citizen transportation vehicle.

     b.    The driver of a vehicle on a highway having dual or multiple roadways separated by safety islands or physical traffic separation installations need not stop upon meeting or passing a senior citizen transportation vehicle on another roadway.

 

     4.    Any person violating any provision of this act shall be liable for a penalty of not more than $100 for each offense.


     5.    This act shall take effect on the first day of the fifth month following enactment, but the Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission  may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance as shall be necessary for the implementation of the act.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     The purpose of this bill is to protect seniors from traffic accidents. Under the bill, a vehicle with the capacity to transport 12 or more passengers that is primarily used to transport senior citizens to and from senior citizens' centers may be equipped with flashing lights and a stop signal arm.  When receiving or discharging senior citizens the driver may activate the flashing lights and extend the stop signal arm and traffic would be required to stop.  Violations of this act would be punishable by a fine of not more than $100 for each offense.