Speed camera expansion program launches in all NYC school zones

Kimberly Dole
July 11, 2019 - 7:33 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A new state law goes into effect on Thursday that will enforce the extension of speed camera hours all year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.

The law was signed last May by Governor Cuomo and will allow for the city to substantially scale up its speed-camera program over the next two years at a rate of about 40 per month through 2019, and 60 per month in 2020, expecting to reach each of the law’s maximum 750 school zones by June, 2020.

“Our streets are about to get a lot safer for our children." said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We fought to expand our speed camera program and we won in Albany. Now it’s time to rapidly scale up our program to save lives and keep our kids safe.”

Previously, the city was only allowed to use the cameras in 140 school zones.

“With this law change, we will on July 11th double the number of hours cameras are operable - and in the months ahead, we will install new cameras at an unprecedented rate,' said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. "We are hopeful that we can continue to make progress on Vision Zero, where we have seen fatalities decline in New York City for five years running.”

The announcement of the expanded program was made at a camera near P.S. 28 along East Tremont Avenue in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx, an area which accroding to city officials is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, and ranks in the top 10 percent of Bronx corridors for number of people killed or severely injured.

Speeding remains the leading cause of fatal crashes in NYC.

Speeding drivers are often unable to brake in time to avoid crashes, and the speed of the driver in any given crash increases its severity.

Fines for speed-camera violations remain unchanged at $50, issued to those who exceed posted speed limits by more than 10 MPH.

The notices of liability are issued by DOT via mail to the owner of the vehicle – and are adjudicated at the New York City Department of Finance.

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