[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wappinger 6-24-1991 by L.L. No. 8-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board recognizes the proliferation of the illicit use of drugs, narcotics and controlled substances in our society as one of the most threatening and dangerous problems facing our youth. The Town Board has supported programs which educate our young people about the dangers of the illicit use of drugs, narcotics and controlled substances and supports those programs which prevent these problems before they begin. The New York State Division of Substance Abuse Services supports enacted legislation which allows municipalities to create drug-free zones in areas near schools, noting that such drug-free zones create an atmosphere and attitude against the use of drugs and gives the moral support to those young people who wish to resist the use of illegal narcotics.
The Town Board acknowledges that Title 21 of the U.S. Code, § 845A, provides for increased penalties for those persons who manufacture, sell or distribute narcotics, controlled substances and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary school location or secondary school or public or private college, junior college or university or within 100 feet of a playground, public or private youth center, public swimming pool or video arcade facility, and that similar provisions exist within the New York State Penal Code. Therefore, the Town Board of the Town of Wappinger hereby expresses its support for the implementation of a drug-free zone program by authorizing the construction and installation of appropriate signs around schools, playgrounds, public or private youth centers, public swimming pools, video arcade facilities that are located on or adjacent to public highways.
The Town Board hereby authorizes the erection of signs along town highways, and any other public highway when so authorized by Dutchess County, the New York Department of Transportation or any other governmental body having jurisdiction over a public highway, signs containing the following words "DRUG-FREE ZONE" as follows:
The Superintendent of Highways of the Town of Wappinger shall install and maintain said signs as required under the provisions of this chapter.
Any signs authorized by this chapter to be installed shall be erected and maintained pursuant to the pertinent requirements of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, the regulations promulgated thereunder and any other statutes and regulations of the State of New York prescribing conditions for the installation of signs along public highways.