2020 New York Laws
VAT - Vehicle and Traffic
Title 8 - Respective Powers of State and Local Authorities
Article 35 - Uniform Statewide Application
1602 - Emergency Rule.

Universal Citation: NY Veh & Traf L § 1602 (2020)
§ 1602. Emergency  rule.  (a)  Whenever a police officer shall deem it
advisable during a fire or at  the  time  of  any  accident  or  special
emergency  and  only  for such period of time as is necessitated thereby
for the public safety or convenience, temporarily to close any street or
part  thereof  to  vehicular  traffic,  or  to  vehicles  of  a  certain
description,  or  to divert the traffic thereof, or to divert or break a
course of  pedestrian  traffic,  such  official  shall  have  power  and
authority to do so.

(b) In the event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians or property: any police officer or other person empowered to regulate traffic at the scene may, to the extent authorized by local law, ordinance, order, rule, regulation or administrative code provision adopted by local authorities with respect to highways within their corporate boundaries, direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or of local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations, administrative code or sanitary code provisions regulating traffic; and, in addition, outside of cities and villages any member of the state police may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or of local laws, ordinances, orders, rules or regulations regulating traffic.

(c) Whenever the head of any police force or police department or the chief executive officer of a city, town or village shall deem it advisable during a snow storm or in order to remove snow or to plow streets, provided that signs or markings giving notice are posted as required by section sixteen hundred eighty-three of this chapter, such head of the police force or police department or the chief executive officer of a city, town or village may close any street or part thereof to vehicular traffic or prohibit, restrict or limit the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles.

(d) The superintendent of the New York state police or the head of any police force or police department may authorize the temporary closure of any street or part thereof to vehicular traffic, or to vehicles of a certain description, or to divert the traffic thereof, or to divert or break a course of pedestrian traffic in the following situations: 1. during the time of any speed contest, exhibition of speed or similar special event which is being held pursuant to section eleven hundred eighty-two-a of this chapter; 2. during the time of the filming of any movie, commercial or similar event which is being undertaken pursuant to section eleven hundred eighty-two-b of this chapter.

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