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Slow Down for More Speed Cameras

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 08:20 PM

A sample of the new speed limits signs being installed on Atlantic Avenue (Kate Hinds/WNYC)

The Assembly voted Monday to authorize more speed cameras for New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk County.

If the bill becomes law, it would bring the total number of speed cameras in New York City to 140. The legislation limits the operation of speed cameras to school zones.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has made reducing pedestrian fatalities a cornerstone of his administration, issued a statement that said the Assembly's vote brought the city "one step closer to the expansion of school slow zones throughout our city where we can install speed cameras, allowing us to protect our children and make our streets safer. This bill will truly save lives."

Currently, New York City is allowed to operate 20 speed cameras, although as of earlier this month only five were up and running. That handful of cameras has issued more than 12,000 speeding tickets since becoming operational in mid-January.

The Assembly's vote comes amidst a growing drumbeat of dissatisfaction from local legislators over how much control Albany maintains over city streets. On Wednesday, the City Council is scheduled to hold a marathon hearing on nearly two dozen traffic safety items, including a resolution urging New York State to give the city the authority to reduce its speed limit.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he supports the bill. No word yet on whether a vote has been scheduled in the state Senate.

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Comments [5]

Mastor from New York

This has nothing to do with children or pedestrian deaths. It has to do with getting more money for De Blasio political stunts with unions.
After living, walking and driving in NYC for a decade - I can say that drunk driving and pedestrians that jaywalk on busy streets are the main reasons for lethal accidents. Everyday for last four year I drive by LaGuardia college in Queens. During the day there are HUNDREDS of kids that run on red and ignore busy traffic. No crossing guard, no regular police presence. Lots of accidents over last few years, couple lethal ones. How would cameras address that?

May. 20 2014 10:56 AM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Sorry Mr. Idon'tusaconsistantnamewhenIcommenteventhoughIamprobabythatverysameperson, but I am going to need to more than a blanket statement and personal attack for claim that speed cameras work, and your comment just doesn't state that.

Apr. 30 2014 04:22 PM
GET REAL

"Speed cameras do next to nothing when it comes to safety. All they really do is just take a picture of the license and mail the owner the fine for speeding but nothing else. Their primary reason is revenue, not safety. Also, these don't alert any local police precincts to pursue the speeder. If excessive speeding is down, then no revenue can made off of it. In reality, even if all motorists do obey the speed limit, you will still have cyclists and pedestrians placing themselves into harm's way by flouting the laws themselves, and I was applauded for mentioning this at a Vision Zero meeting not that long ago."

There's always one...

Clueless and wrong...

Apr. 29 2014 11:46 PM
TOM from Brooklyn

The City will have authority to have 140 speed cameras; however, they will need to be installed. There has been authority from last year for 20 such cameras but even this small number were not fully deployed and in use.

Apr. 29 2014 03:59 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Speed cameras do next to nothing when it comes to safety. All they really do is just take a picture of the license and mail the owner the fine for speeding but nothing else. Their primary reason is revenue, not safety. Also, these don't alert any local police precincts to pursue the speeder. If excessive speeding is down, then no revenue can made off of it. In reality, even if all motorists do obey the speed limit, you will still have cyclists and pedestrians placing themselves into harm's way by flouting the laws themselves, and I was applauded for mentioning this at a Vision Zero meeting not that long ago.

Apr. 29 2014 03:12 PM

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