New York City’s speed camera program will soon be overhauled – both in regard to the numbers of cameras on NYC streets and their hours of use. In fact, Department of Transportation officials say that come July 11th, the City will begin installing speed cameras at unprecedented rates, and will double the hours they operate.
New York City Speed Camera Program: What You Need to Know
Announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in May, the new program is scheduled to take effect on July 11. Here are a few details about what you can expect:
- A Lot More Cameras – Come July 11, NYC will install approximately 40 speed cameras each month through the end of 2019. City officials project they’ll hit their target of installing 750 speed cameras in NYC school zones by July 2020;
- Expanded Hours – The new cameras will have a wider range of enforcement and expanded “hours of operation.” Cameras will track motor vehicle speeds between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., as opposed to only during school hours.
- Fines & Penalties – Motorists caught speeding by a traffic camera will be subject to fines, including a $50 citation for going 10 mph above posted speed limits of 25 mph.
Vision Zero: Making City Streets Safer
NYC’s new speed camera program is part of the Vision Zero project, an action plan created by Mayor de Blasio in 2014. Although Vision Zero has a lofty goal to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries on City streets by 2024, a pilot program which implemented 140 school zone cameras was shown to significantly reduce crash rates. For example:
- Traffic deaths decreased by more than half
- Speeding was reduced by 63%
- Traffic injuries fell by 14%
These reassuring statistics led many advocates to push for legislation to expand the use of speed cameras throughout New York City. However, the camera program went dark for roughly a month last summer after the state Senate failed to vote on a bill passed by the Assembly.
Despite the setback, the perseverance of safety advocates, Governor Cuomo, and Mayor de Blasio helped renew support for the program, and led to the cameras being turned back on. Earlier this year, lawmakers passed a pair of bills to move the new program forward quickly and until 2022.
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