More Speed Cameras Coming to NYC and Long Island

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:57 AM

Legislation authorizing new speed cameras for New York City, Suffolk and Nassau counties was signed into law today by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“If you think speed cameras are intrusive, don’t break the law. And if you don’t break the law you don’t have anything to worry about. And if you’re speeding in front of a school, you should have something to worry about,” Cuomo said.

The law allows for 120 new cameras to be installed near school zones in New York City, as well as 69 cameras in Suffolk County and 56 in Nassau. That brings the total in the city to 140, added to the 20 cameras authorized under a 2013 pilot program.

"We know that when drivers know they might get caught, they slow down. That’s critically important in school zones, where even five miles per hour can make the difference between life and death for a child,” said Senate Majority Co-Leader Jeff Klein, the lead sponsor of the camera bill in the senate.  

All the cameras are required to shut off an hour after school ends, which means most stop issuing tickets around 4 pm. A WNYC investigation found that traffic crashes peak in the city at 4 pm, just as the cameras go dark. The cameras currently operational — five, at last count — have issued more than 41,000 tickets since the start of the year. Tickets are issued only when drivers go more than 10 hours over the speed limit, which means over 25 in the 15-mile-an-hour school zone. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council have both asked Albany for the authority to control the number, placement and operating hours for speed cameras in the city — an authority Albany has yet to grant.

The new cameras can begin operating in 30 days. 


Comments [8]

John from Long island

I have no problem with the cameras. The problem us that they can operate until 1/2 hour before oir after any student activity at the school. Exactly when is that? No average motoiresdt can ever know. Without flashing lights to indicate a school day they will issue a lot if tickets. But while flashing lights would get folks to slow down it would cut into revenue!

Aug. 22 2014 08:45 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

I suggest reading the letter from the firefighter who had a tough time getting by the pedestrian who stopped halfway in the crosswalk to light a cigarette.

Jun. 28 2014 06:41 PM
Daniel from Brooklyn

Lets invest serious money in the speed camera program. We should have 40,000 cameras not 140. We should also place the camera so we can take a good picture of the perp. That way we can just issue a fine if they are going 1 mph over the limit, but we can issue points if they go 5, 10 or 15 mph over the limit. Points will let us get the worst drivers off the road for good.

Jun. 26 2014 09:58 PM
AMHess from Harlem

"Tickets are issued only when drivers go more than 10 hours over the speed limit..."

I'm guessing that's 10 [b]mph[/b] over the limit? That is far too large a threshold.

"And if you’re speeding in front of a school, you should have something to worry about."

Yes, and if you're speeding on any street where people live, work, or play, you should have something to worry about.

Jun. 26 2014 12:13 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Remember, if more follow the rules because of the cameras, then no money can be made of it, which shows which is the primary reason for this.

Jun. 25 2014 09:05 PM

Tal - blah blah. Well guess what - unless someone can prove that the cameras are inaccurate - then I have no problem with it being a "money maker". If you don't break the law you don't have a problem.

Jun. 25 2014 06:13 PM
John from New York City

"Yes, they do, is the short answer," says Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. "A four-year evaluation of their effectiveness concluded that 100 lives were saved every year." The same study concluded that there was a 40% reduction in the number of deaths and injuries on roads with speed cameras."

Jun. 25 2014 04:07 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Speed cameras are hardly about keeping the roads safe. They are more about generating revenue. If motorists will slow down to avoid the ticket, then the police and local politicians will see this as nothing more than a net money loser to them. In a way, they kind of still want us to speed in order to make that revenue. It's not like these cameras will do anything to stop an accident from occurring let alone alert the police. This is why Pat Lynch, who is the head of the PBA, has opposed this. Also, placing a bunch of cameras feel like something out of a George Orwell novel like 1984 where the lower classes always felt paranoid because they were feeling watched by the government on whatever they were doing forcing them to do just about everything underground to avoid it.

Jun. 25 2014 03:45 PM

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