[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Representatives (now County Legislature) of Tompkins County 3-7-2000 by L.L. No. 1-2000. This local law superseded former Ch. 80, Traffic Safety Board, adopted 8-26-1968 by L.L. No. 1-1968. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A County Traffic Safety Board is hereby established by the County Legislature of Tompkins County pursuant to Article 43 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The Board shall be composed of eleven members interested in traffic safety and traffic problems appointed by the Legislature of the County.
Each member shall be a resident of the county and a qualified elector thereof. One of such members shall be a resident of and be appointed from the City of Ithaca, and the balance of such membership shall be appointed from the county at large.
The term of office of such members shall be three years, except that the members first appointed to such Board shall be appointed as follows: four shall be appointed for a term of one year; four for a term of two years; three for a term of three years. Upon the expiration of the term of office of any member, his successor shall be appointed to membership in such Board for a term of three years.
The members of such Board shall receive no compensation but shall be entitled to reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties within the amount of the appropriation made for such purpose.
The Traffic Safety Board shall:
Meet and organize within fifteen days after its members are appointed.
Elect annually a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary from its membership.
Adopt rules for the conduct of its business.
Within the limit of appropriation made therefor by the County Legislature, authorize the employment of such personnel as may be necessary to properly perform the function and carry out the objectives of this chapter.
Appoint an Executive Secretary, who shall be the administrative officer of the Board.
Render annually to the County Legislature, and from time to time as required, a verified account of all monies received and expended by it or under its direction and an account of its proceedings and of other pertinent matters in such form and manner as may be required by the County Legislature.
Submit annually to the proper fiscal authorities of the county, at such time and in such manner as may be required, an estimate of the funds required to carry out the purpose of this chapter.
Submit a report of activities annually to the state and, from time to time, such other information or reports as may be required by the state pursuant to Article 16-a of the Executive Law.
The Board is authorized:
To promote and encourage street and highway traffic safety.
To formulate county-wide highway safety programs and coordinate efforts of interested parties and agencies engaged in traffic safety education.
To cooperate with local officials within the county in the formulation and execution of traffic safety programs and activities.
To study traffic conditions on streets and highways within the county, study and analyze reports of accidents and causes thereof and recommend to the appropriate legislative bodies, departments or commissions, such changes in rules, orders, regulations and existing law as the Board may deem advisable.
To conduct meetings within the county whenever and wherever the Board shall deem it advisable and to invite to such meetings parties and agencies, public and private, interested in traffic regulation, control and safety education.
To promote safety education for drivers and pedestrians.
To obtain and assemble motor vehicle accident data, and to analyze, study and consolidate such data for educational and informational purposes.
The Executive Secretary of the Board shall:
Subject to the supervision and control of the Board, perform the functions necessary to properly and efficiently carry out the provisions and purposes of this chapter.
Be a citizen of the United States.
Receive such salary and expenses as the County Legislature may fix and properly account for such expenses.
Furnish an official undertaking in an amount and in such form and with such sureties as shall be approved by the County Legislature.