As many as 2,000 speed cameras will be placed throughout 750 school zones to catch speeders. Since the program launched in 2014, speeding at locations with cameras has decreased by more than 60 percent, officials say.
(TNS) — New York City’s school zone speed camera program is set to undergo a massive expansion beginning on Thursday, July 11.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is set to expand the number of school zones encompassed by the program by more than five-fold, while also extending the hours of operation and increasing the radial distance in which they can operate.
DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg recently penned a letter to Borough President James Oddo to update Staten Islanders about the program’s expansion, offering details of the changes and echoing the long-held claim that speed cameras have been effective in improving school zone safety.
“School speed zone cameras are a proven technology that play a crucial role in Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative and have greatly contributed to the city’s 33% reduction in traffic fatalities over the past five years. Since the city launched the program in 2014, speeding at locations with cameras decreased by more than 60% with over 80% of violators not receiving a second ticket," Trottenberg wrote.
Here’s what you need to know about the program’s expansion: