Mayor announces rapid expansion of life-saving speed camera program as stronger law takes effect July 11

The Department of Transportation has begun installing new speed cameras in the city’s most dangerous school zones, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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Before departing on a presidential campaign swing through Nevada, Mayor Bill de Blasio took care of some city business Friday, announcing plans for the rapid expansion of the school zone speed camera program which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law earlier this month.

The city’s Department of Transportation will begin installing new cameras citywide at a rate of 40 per month through 2019, 60 per month in 2020, expecting to reach the law’s maximum 750 school zones by June 2020.

“Our streets are about to get a lot safer for our children,” de Blasio said. “We fought to expand our speed camera program and we won in Albany. Now it’s time to rapidly scale up our program to save lives and keep our kids safe.”

Authorized by state law, the school zone speed camera program had been in place since 2014 with data showing that speeding in areas with cameras declines more than 60 percent, with more than 80 percent of violators not receiving a second ticket.

Speed cameras will now operate year-round on all weekdays between 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Previously, cameras operated during the school’s active hours. In the coming months, the installations will be made in the city’s most dangerous areas where school kids are zoned to cross.

“We’re going to be able to put speed cameras at 750 schools, protect our kids, protect their lives, ensure they’re safe,” de Blasio said on WNYC. “And that’s an expenditure that will be added to this budget that literally is about life and death.”

The late Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta carried the bill in the upper chamber for years, but Republicans blocked the legislation calling it a cash grab and allowed the program to expire altogether in July 2018, forcing de Blasio and Cuomo to make a rare collaboration to reinstate the program just before the start of the school year.

“New York City has made so much progress in reducing traffic fatalities and so much of that progress can be credited to the use of speed cameras, but there are still far too many areas in the city that need measures to make streets safer for pedestrians,” City Councilman Donavan Richards, the chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, said. “Every life lost is a tragedy, which is why it was critical that Albany renewed and expanded the program to protect New Yorkers from the next tragic accident. This rapid expansion is the right approach to slow down reckless drivers as soon as possible.”

The program will continue to fine any motorist caught going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit receiving a $50 summons. The new law also mandates signage that alerts drivers when they are entering a school zone speed camera location.

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Posted 12:00 am, May 29, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Wilbur D. Horse from Yourtown USA says:
This is lovely. Now the cops can watch as violent teens, who were released withOUT bail by deBlasio, attack you with their weapons.
May 29, 5:37 am
LaQwerty Jones from Liberty Island says:
What nonsense, Is there an epidemic of kids being mowed down in front of schools? Another tax on the middle class. Keep voting for these commies and this is what you get!
May 29, 6:25 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Revenue! Revenue! Revenue!
May 29, 6:25 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Great news! Hey suck it up snowflakes. Don't break the laws if you can't pay the fines.
May 29, 6:33 am
Bethany says:
Is the camera going to jump off the pole in front of a speeding car and stop an accident? If not, the only thing they can do is report what happened after the fact. That’s not “life saving”.
May 29, 7:27 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To LaQwerty Jones, The public elementary school three blocks from my home has had five students hit by speeding cars since January while in the intersection with the green light and holding their parent's hand. All ended up in ambulances and at least two days in a hospital. To Bethany, if drivers know they will receive a summons they will think twice about speeding near a school. This will prevent injuries by reckless drivers who just don't care.
May 29, 8:40 am
Six more years from Trump train says:
Henry Ford is correct. The same logic will also be applied to women seeking illegal abortions soon. I’m glad we all agree on this.
May 29, 8:59 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Women will be fined for getting abortions? Wow, your lack of critical thinking is mind boggling. How on earth do you dress yourself in the morning? BTW, the earth is not flat.
May 29, 9:25 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
It would be best to design the streets so that drivers can't or don't want to break the law, but cameras that issue a ticket for drivers who break the law by 40% are better than the old system.
May 29, 9:43 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Now stop sign and red light cameras in Bay Ridge please. Dozens of them.
May 29, 10:40 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
If you don't want a ticket, don't break the law and drive over the speed limit, run red lights, or drive recklessly. No, you're not "too cool" for the rules to be different for you. Why is this so hard to understand? Traffic fatalities are up 30% from last year (actual DOT numbers) and people who might just be a bit injured end up dead because the car was going way faster than it should have been going.
May 29, 10:55 am
LaQwerty Jones from Alternative Universe says:
To delusional Ms. Susie Rosenfeld: 5 children hit by speeding cars while in the crosswalk with a green light and holding their parents hand since January? LOL, please stop with the lies. The parents came away unscathed? 5 sets of parents didn’t see that a car was not stopping and allowed their kids to be hit? ROFLMAO You must be some kind of nut if you expect us to believe that!!
May 29, 11:01 am
Pedestrian from Downtown Brooklyn says:
If the city really wants to crack down on dangerous drivers, it would put red light cameras at both ends of the Brooklyn Bridge. Pretty much every cycle someone goes through a solid red light. Or must we wait until somebody is killed? There is a police car sitting at Tillary, but those cops seem to be for show only.
May 29, 12:01 pm
Taxman says:
These cameras will also work on speeding bicycles after we license and regulate them. Looking forward to that extra income.
May 29, 12:19 pm
Tyler from pps says:
What revenue? The speed limit is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted. If you don't exceed the speed limit there is no revenue. How is the middle class being "taxed" for something the law abiding middle class isn't even doing? This is a very strange mindset. I drive every day. Never gotten a speeding ticket in the city. And if I did, it would be MY FAULT. Here's a challenge for you: Deny the city coffers all of that evil revenue! Don't speed!
May 29, 12:34 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
La Qwerty, first of all parents were also hurt, I was just focusing on the children because these incidents happened at a public schools. I'm sure the parents saw the cars but a speeding car is no match for a parent and an elementary school child. PTAs all over Brooklyn had lobbied hard for the speed cameras. Please, before accusing someone of lying do the research.
May 29, 12:40 pm
Frank from Furter says:
NY speed cameras are set at 11 miles over the limit. You dont get a ticket unless you are going 36mph. Not exactly walking speed. And there ARE traffic lights at both ends of the Brooklyn Bridge...and they sometimes are both camered and police patrolled.
May 29, 1:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fine these 🆁🅾🅶🆄🅴 drivers to oblivion then take away their vehicles. Crush their vehicles into cubes, then charge them storage for the cube. It's the only way these entitled crybabies will learn.
May 29, 2:38 pm
LaQwerty Jones from Nunya says:
yeah right Susan! If what you say happened just this year in front of one school then there would be reporters and camera crews and politicians out there like at some school shooting! I think you are hallucinating sweetheart! Bless your heart.
May 29, 4:22 pm
Michael says:
This is just more surveillance from the government. They use the specter of traffic safety to scare us into allowing them to take away our privacy and watch us at all times. Just like the threat of terrorism is used to impinge upon our personal liberties, this traffic safety is just a distraction to sneak more surveillance of citizens into our lives. I believe in the right to privacy. I believe that we should keep these prying eyes off of us while we still can.
May 29, 6:21 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Michael, You can thank all the self entitled motorists for these cameras. If they would behave, we wouldn't need them. Furthermore, look around you, there are cameras everywhere. If you're not doing anything wrong, don't worry about it.
May 29, 7:53 pm
Six more years from Trump train says:
Check out the liberal telling you that only criminals need rights. It’s obvious who the fascists are here.
May 29, 8:12 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Check out the rape apologist six more years from trump train making word salad.
May 29, 9:11 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
How does this idiot Trump train wipe his fat self every day? Does he have a special stick with a rag on it?
May 29, 9:11 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
LaQwerty, there were politicians and camera crews. What's been happening near schools is very scary. the local precincts can tell you how many of these incidents have happened just this school year.
May 30, 7:46 am
NYC guy from Coney Island says:
Life Saving??? What a BS. Money Making that's a correct statement
May 30, 2:22 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
EXCUSE me - having a car in this city is expensive enough already! I have five children, and they have SPECIAL NEEDS If I have to drive 25 m’s ph I will NEVER be on time! This is like a tax on POOR PEOPLE and our cars ! Lots of smug rich people from park sloop commenting here don’t know what it’s like for poor single mothers! Maybe they should mind they’re own business!!!!
May 30, 6:30 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Do you know how to tell that I'm an idiot? Read my comments! Ziiiing!
May 30, 6:53 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To NYC guy from Coney Island, If the cameras prevent even one child from being injured at their school, this will be "life saving". The fine only comes if you are 10 miles over the speed limit. Nobody in a crowded city like New York should drive that fast.
May 31, 8:01 am
Tyler from pps says:
Again... speed cameras are not "money making" if you don't speed.
May 31, 11:44 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantiville, NY says:
The main purpose of the speed cameras make revenues while safety takes a back seat on this. If everyone who drove followed the speed limit because of the cameras, then no money could be made off of it making them a net money loser. Seriously, I'm getting tired of us motorists always having to be the cash cow for just about everything and that we are very easy to scapegoat and be picked on whenever there are financial problems.
June 1, 3:14 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
Tal, I am sure you are a safe and responsible driver. That said, too many children in Brooklyn have been hurt by speeding cars at schools this school year. The only thing that seems to deter speeders is the threat of a fine, their wallet. Motorists should not be scapegoats, but motorists also bear a responsibility to not drive recklessly and injure pedestrians who are not doing anything wrong.
June 3, 8:30 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Susan, I won't argue that there are reckless drivers and that they need to be stopped. However, that doesn't excuse the jaywalkers and rogue cyclists from flouting the laws as well. The only difference is that when they are doing it, they are literally placing themselves into harm's way, and please don't tell me that they are never doing anything wrong when they are at times. If you really want Vision Zero to work, then have everyone follow the rules rather than just one in particular while the rest are exempt, which is what those anti-car fanatics over on Transportation Alternatives and Streetsblog believe in hence the Animal Farms reference. Until then, there won't be any safe streets. Please remember that the rules should apply to everyone with no exceptions.
June 4, 1:44 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To LaQwerty, I checked with my local precinct this past weekend and you are right I miscalculated the number of students hurt by speeding cars at schools. There were forty seven children and parents hit by speeding cars this school year in South Brooklyn including Sheepshead Bay, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Marine Park, worse than I thought. The public school closes to my home had seven incidents with five kids in the hospital. Please research before posting. The PTAs of these schools are constantly warning parents.
June 17, 4:01 pm

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