Pols propose doubling NYC school zones with speed cameras

Speed cameras in school zones led to a 63 percent decrease in area speeding between 2014 and 2016.

Current legislation covers just 290 of the city’s roughly
1,700 school zones

A new bill proposed by New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes
and Assembly Member Deborah Glick would more than double the
city’s school zones with speed cameras and drastically expand
their hours of operation.

Under the proposed legislation, the city’s school zones
protected by speed cameras would increase from the
290 approved by Governor Cuomo
and Mayor de Blasio last
September to 750 of the roughly 1,700 throughout the city. The
cameras would also run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. instead of just
during school hours, as well as during summer vacation.
Additionally, cameras would operate within a quarter mile radius of
schools rather than just one-quarter of a mile from the school
building.

A
2017 report
by the Department of Transportation found that
between the years 2014 and 2016, speed cameras in school zones led
to a 63 percent decrease in area speeding and a 15 percent
reduction in crashes. In the five years they’ve been in effect,
they’ve also led to the issuance of some 5 million speeding
tickets—more than roughly ten times the amount of speeding
tickets NYPD officers have issued in that time. In other words,
they’re proven to work.

Streetsblog
reports
that the new proposed legislation is not the first such
bill veteran state Assembly member Glick has proposed, but prior
iterations of the bill have failed to pass the state’s formerly
Republican-controlled Senate. It seems likely that the
Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate will pass the
bills—reopening an opportunity for Gov. Cuomo to step up and
approve the proven life-saving measure.

As Streetsblog notes, police unions have opposed the cameras in
the past, “saying that cops are better suited to punish
lawbreakers of all stripes because speeders may also have committed
other crimes.”

The bill would go into effect 30 days after being signed into
law by Gov. Cuomo, and would expire on July 1, 2022.

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Pols propose doubling NYC school zones with speed cameras