City reminds drivers of Vision Zero program ahead of school year start

Kimberly Dole
September 04, 2019 - 11:57 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New York City Department of Transportation, NYPD and elected officials announced plans to step up traffic enforcement around City schools before school starts on Thursday. 

City officials gathered in Brooklyn to outline Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero program and remind drivers about the expanded school zone speed camera law which was passed in order to reduce pedestrian deaths, especially around school zones.

"We are installing new cameras citywide at a rate of 40 per month this year, and it will be 60 per month in 2020." said Keith Bray of the New York City Department Of Transportation.

Cameras will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round and drivers will be mailed a $50 fine whenever a camera catches them going 10 miles over the speed limit. .

They emphasized that motorists need to slow down and remember to slow down, look both ways and always yield to pedestrians and bicyclists especially before making a turn.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law in May that allows the city to use speed cameras in 750 school zones and have plans to extend it even further to 2,000 cameras by 2021.

Previously only 140 school zones had these cameras.

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