Speed Cameras to Arrive in Time for First Day of School in New York

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Journalist
August 26, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—Beginning Sept. 9, New York City drivers will need to be more vigilant about speeding in school zones.

Twenty new cameras will be posted in school zones around the city and will be in operation around the clock, not just during school hours. Drivers will be issued $50 tickets by mail, just like with the already in use red light cameras.

The city received approval from Gov. Cuomo for the first cameras, but plans to expand the program in an effort to keep children safe.

“Speeding continues to be the number one killer on the streets of New York,” Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said from Brooklyn Monday. “There is a reason New York City’s speed limit is 30 mph. Going even 10 miles over the speed limit is the difference between life and death.”

The cameras will be rotated between schools without warning, and no signs will be posted.

“We have the flexibility to move them to school zones throughout the city without disclosing where they will be,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “Hopefully it will have a much bigger impact on the 20 schools where they are.”

The locations will be selected from a Department of Transportation study released in March of this year.

The cameras are part of a five-year pilot program. At the end of the five years, the city must submit a report to the state to request an expansion.

 

Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Journalist