NYC's First-Ever Speed Cameras Go Back to School

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:18 PM

According to the NYC DOT, PS 81 in the Bronx has the highest levels of speeding in a school zone for the entire borough, with 96 percent of drivers going above the 30 mph posted limit. (Ricardo Hernandez)

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)






Comments [2]

TOM from Brooklyn

Let's not be covetous, even when kids safety is at stake. The NYC DOT has identified 143 schools on its priority list and there's only 20 proposed cameras.
Brooklyn, with 46, or some 30%, of those priority schools should get six. Imagine that: only six. Many of these priority schools are clustered in central and eastern Brooklyn which might mean some focus there. Senator Golden's Bay Ridge surprisingly has only one priority school. This is amazing in that the same NYC DOT has identified 4h Avenue in Bay Ridge as a hell-hole of speeders. Maybe they already slow down near schools.
BTW: By the same allocation method Staten Island gets only one.

Jun. 26 2013 01:54 PM
Matthias from Harlem, NY

I could use 20 cameras in my neighborhood alone, and the fine should be more like $500 or loss of license after multiple violations.

Jun. 26 2013 11:59 AM

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