Gov. Cuomo has signed into law a bill that will place speed monitoring cameras at 20 school speed zones in New York City over the next five years.
The pilot program will operate much like the existing red light camera program, in that it will allow law enforcement to issue $50 summonses based on information collected by cameras.
The law will go into effect on Aug. 31. In a joint statement with Mayor Bloomberg issued by the governor’s office on Aug. 1, Cuomo said the new law to protect school children, pedestrians and drivers alike — and gives police another tool to use against speeders.
“Speeding in school zones puts our children at risk and preventing this reckless behavior should be a priority,” the governor said.
The mayor pointed out that innovative engineering and aggressive law enforcement techniques have brought traffic-related fatalities to near record lows in the last 10 years.
“But speeding remains the single greatest contributing factor in traffic fatalities in New York City,” Bloomberg said. “Decreasing the number of drivers who speed is a proven lifesaving measure, and this legislation does exactly that.”
After five years, the city will be required to submit to the state a detailed analysis of the program and its results in monitored areas to prove its efficacy.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), a co-sponsor of the bill, said an intersection he would like to see monitored is at the Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard near PS 206, which is “under consideration” for cameras, according to his sources at the city’s Department of Transportation.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) also is among the myriad officials who supported the bill. He has said he intends to lobby the DOT hard in an effort to have cameras placed in at least one of the areas in his district plagued by chronic speeding.
Violations would be adjudicated by the city’s Parking Violations Bureau.