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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3377         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3128

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Denise Provost

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to safe and healthy travel.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3377        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3128

By Ms. Provost of Somerville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3128) of Denise Provost for legislation to prohibit the use of mobile telephones by operators of motor vehicles, establishing certain traffic safety zones and regulating motor vehicles emissions.  Transportation. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to safe and healthy travel.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 1 of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is  hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Fullmount” the following new definition:-
“Functionally classified”, shall refer to how a roadway is classified by the Federal Highway Administration’s functional classification system guidelines.
SECTION 2.  Section 17 of said chapter 90, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 13, the words “or (4)” and inserting in place thereof the following:-
(4) on a functionally classified local road at a rate of speed exceeding 25 miles per hour for a distance of one-eighth of a mile, or (5).
SECTION 3.  Chapter 85 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 21A the following section:-
Section 21B.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a city or town may establish, on ways within their control, one or more, senior citizen safety zones, which may be an area adjacent to a facility, publicly or privately owned and used as senior citizen housing, a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility; a community center where senior activities are conducted on a regular basis, or a congregate elderly residential facility.
A senior citizen safety zone may be established by a city council, the transportation commission of the City of Boston, the board of selectmen, traffic commission, or traffic director, in the manner set forth by municipal charter or other local law, in the manner set forth by municipal charter or other local law, for the adoption of traffic rules, regulations, ordinances, or bylaws. The locally-designated body charged with regulating traffic may take necessary action to reduce vehicular speed by reducing speed limits to not less than 20 miles per hour or such lower speed limit as is set for school zones and by installing signals or appropriate signs and restriping roadways, and may adopt and amend rules and regulations to carry out this section.
The city or town shall notify the state traffic engineer upon the establishment of a senior citizen safety zone, and shall notify the state traffic engineer of any reduction of speed on a functionally classified local roadway.
This section shall not apply to any state highway, numbered route or functionally-classified arterial.
SECTION 4.  Section 17 of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “hour”, in line 15, the following words:-
, or (5) within a senior citizen safety zone which may be established by a city or town as provided in section 21B of chapter 85 at a rate of speed exceeding 20 miles per hour or such lower speed limit as is set for school zones.
SECTION 5. Section 2 of chapter 85 of the general laws, as appearing in the 2008 official edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the phrase “schools zones,” in line 35, the phrase “senior safety zones.”
SECTION 6.  Chapter 85 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 21B the following section:-
Section 21C.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a city or town may establish, on ways within their control, one or more, recreational safety zones, which may be an area adjacent to a park, playground, athletic field, public pool, public skating rink, or other public recreational facility.
A recreational safety zone may be established by a city council, the transportation commission of the City of Boston, the board of selectmen, traffic commission, or traffic director, in the manner set forth by municipal charter or other local law, in the manner set forth by municipal charter or other local law, for the adoption of traffic rules, regulations, ordinances, or bylaws. The locally-designated body charged with regulating traffic may take necessary action to reduce vehicular speed by reducing speed limits to not less than 20 miles per hour or such lower speed limit as is set for school zones and by installing signals or appropriate signs and restriping roadways, and may adopt and amend rules and regulations to carry out this section.
The city or town shall notify the state traffic engineer upon the establishment of a senior citizen safety zone, and shall notify the state traffic engineer of any reduction of speed on a functionally classified local roadway.
This section shall not apply to any state highway, numbered route or functionally-classified arterial.
SECTION 7.  Section 17 of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection 5, in line 15, the following words:-
, or (6) within a recreational safety zone which may be established by a city or town as provided in section 21B of chapter 85 at a rate of speed exceeding 20 miles per hour or such lower speed limit as is set for school zones.
SECTION 8. Section 2 of chapter 85 of the general laws, as appearing in the 2008 official edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the phrase “senior citizen safety zones,” the phrase “recreational safety zones.”
SECTION 9. Section 16A of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the words “in excess of five minutes” and inserting in place thereof the following “in excess of three minutes”.
SECTION 10. The following words and phrases as used in this section shall have the following meanings:-
“particulate matter” shall mean a broad class of chemically and physically diverse substances that exist as discrete particles in air
“fine particulate matter” shall mean particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers in diameter
“ultrafine particulate matter”  shall mean particulate matter less than or equal to .1 micrometers in diameter (.1 micrometers is equivalent to 100 nanometers)
SECTION 11. The center for environmental health of the department of public health shall conduct a comprehensive study of data on the health effects of particulate air pollution from surface transportation. The study shall focus on understanding the health impacts from fine and ultrafine particulate matter upon populations that are located within 500 feet of any roadway with 50,000 or more motor vehicle trips per day, or any rail line regularly used by diesel locomotives; provided further, that the study shall include, but not be limited to, examining respiratory and cardiovascular disease and cancer incidence that may be affected by exposure to surface transportation-related particles. The following departments and agencies of the commonwealth shall provide information to the center for environmental health of the department of public health relevant to this study: the department of environmental protection, the department of transportation (MassDOT), and the central transportation planning staff of the Boston metropolitan planning organization. The department of public health shall report its findings, or a progress report, together with any recommended response actions by the commonwealth to the house and senate committees on ways and means, to the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and to the Secretary of the Executive Office of Transportation, not later than two years after the adoption of this act; provided further that no less than $250,000 shall be appropriated for this purpose.
SECTION 12. Chapter 21A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 18A the following section:
Section 18B: The department of environmental protection in consultation with the department of public health shall promulgate regulations, based on the best available science, establishing health risk assessment guidelines and exposure standards within the commonwealth for ultrafine and fine particulate matter. To ensure the accuracy and completeness of the assessment, the department’s guidelines shall set forth standard procedures for conducting air dispersion modeling; obtaining dose-response values; estimating the frequency, duration, and intensity of exposure; and estimating both acute and chronic health risks. Exposure standards shall be based on the best available science. The Department of Environmental Protection will develop a plan for monitoring particulates so as to acquire data indicative of areas of greatest hazard to human health.
SECTION 13.  Section 9 of Chapter 155 of the Acts of 2010 is hereby amended by striking the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following:-
“,Section 13B. (a) No operator of a motor vehicle shall use a mobile telephone, as defined in Section 3, while operating a motor vehicle on any public way."

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