Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented a program for road safety in the state of New York that included installing cameras to catch speeding drivers in 20 school zones throughout New York City. Now, the New York State Assembly has passed a bill (A.9206) approving the installation of additional speed cameras throughout the city, as well as in Long Island.
The bill will bring another 120 cameras to school speed zones throughout the city, and initiate a pilot speeding camera program in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Following installation, speeding drivers identified by the new cameras will be charged a fine of $50; those who fail to respond to tickets will be charged an additional $25.
Already ubiquitous in Utah, Arizona, California, Canada, and British Columbia, the installation of a greater number of speed cameras in New York has been urged for some time by Governor Cuomo, as well as advocated for by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and under current Mayor Bill De Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to eradicate NYC traffic deaths by 2024, as necessary to combat pedestrian traffic fatalities on increasingly congested roads. A source of considerable revenue for New York, the addition of more automated speed cameras is sure to substantially increase the volume of traffic tickets handed out to drivers in New York City and Long Island. But whether the cameras are able to effectively curb the incidence of reckless driving in New York remains to be seen.