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NYC's First-Ever Speed Cameras Go Back to School
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:18 PM
There are 100 schools in New York City where drivers speed at least 75 percent of the time, according to city officials. And that's exactly where New York will be exercising its new speed camera authority.
Speaking at PS 81 in the Bronx on Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg heralded the passage of legislation okaying New York's five-year speed camera pilot program.
"For the first time ever -- sounds hard to believe -- but for the first time ever, we're going to be able to install speed cameras at up to 20 locations," he said.
Albany had been reluctant to pass speed camera legislation, but following a spate of high-profile traffic deaths earlier this year -- and a home rule message from New York's City Council -- it finally cleared the legislature last week. Governor Cuomo has said he will sign the bill into law.
The city will rotate the cameras around school zones. Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said their locations will be based on research. “The cameras are mobile so we’ll be able to move them around and address high-speed locations that may change over time."
In 2012, 274 people were killed in traffic crashes in the city. According to the NYC DOT, speeding is the greatest single factor behind those crashes and is responsible for about 30 percent of the city's traffic fatalities.
Drivers caught speeding will receive a $50 fine -- but won’t have points added to their license.
Sadik-Khan said the city hopes to have the cameras in place by the end of this year.
(with reporting from Ricardo Hernandez)