In an effort to reduce car accident fatalities and serious injuries in New York City, more than 2000 speed cameras located in 750 school zones throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City will be turned on 24/7 365 days a year, starting August 1st, 2022.
Speed cameras that used to be turned on weekdays from 6:00 am to 10:00 am have proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce speeding in the city. Statistics from the NYC DOT show that speeding was reduced by more than 70% at locations where speed cameras were installed.
With many dangerous crashes caused by speeding occurring at night time and during week-ends, the DOT strongly believes that the new speed camera schedule will help curb these type of crashes.
Starting Monday, anyone driving past a speed camera at a speed that is 10 miles per hour above the speed limit, will receive a $50 ticket.
The speed camera program was enacted in 2013 by the New York State Legislature and started to be implemented in 2014 as part of the Vision Zero program. The program that started with a pilot project of cameras installed in 20 school zones was expanded to 140 school zones in 2014 as the pilot project found that the speed cameras were particularly effective at curbing reckless driving behaviors. The project was finalized in 2015. Then after a long fight among Albany lawmakers, legislation was passed to expand the speed camera program to a total of 750 school zones in March 2019. Last June, the New York State Assembly passed a bill signed by Governor Hochul that not only extended the actual speed camera program to 2025 but also allowed the cameras to be turned on 24/7.
Street safety advocates alongside Mayor Adams and DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez believe that the new rule will make New York City Street safer by preventing speeding 24/7 and reducing the number of fatal crashes caused by reckless drivers.
See the press release from the NYC DOT