In New York, speed cameras have proven to be one of the most efficient ways to prevent car accidents and save pedestrian lives especially children and seniors. After Governor Cuomo signed a new law allowing the expansion of the school zone speed camera program in New York City (see previous blog), mayor de Blasio recently announced that the number of speed cameras in New York City would gradually increase from 140 now to 750 in 2020.
The number of hours during which the speed cameras will be operating is expected to almost double
Additionally and starting July 11 speed cameras will operate weekdays from 6 AM to 10 PM. They will not only operate during school hours as it was the case before. The new law also expands the distance at which cameras can be installed from the school. As a result additional speed cameras will be installed in dangerous locations such as West End Ave, First Avenue in Manhattan, Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, Northern Boulevard in Queens and Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Mutliple offenders are the next target and may soon get their license suspended
The fines will not change. Any driver that goes 10 miles over the speed limit will be fined $50.
Sometimes a fine is not enough and in New York City so far nothing is being done to prevent reckless drivers who are repeatedly getting ticketed for speeding or running red lights. Mayor de Blasio, As part of the Vision Zero initiative, is pushing reforms in Albany to suspend the license of multi recidivist drivers.
The extension of hours for the existing speed cameras and the installation of the new ones will prevent dangerous car accidents in New York City and help save the lives of many, particularly children and seniors.
Read the Vision Zero Press Release