NYC Wants Speed Cameras; State Approval Needed

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s transportation commissioner wants to catch motorists who exceed the city’s 30 mph speed limit.

Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan tells the New York Post that her agency is aggressively pushing for state authorization for speed cameras.

The cameras would have to be approved by the state Legislature. But so far, the Legislature has shown no interest in a bill proposing 40 speed cameras that has the support of transportation advocates.

Sadik-Khan says “speeding is a big factor in many of the worst crashes in the city.”

The city already has cameras that catch drivers who run red lights. Those cameras got the approval of the state Legislature.

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  • Juli

    Totally, do it. If drivers are following the rule of the road we’ll have no problems.

  • Kelly

    Really hoping the Legislature gives approval for the speed cameras. Whether it’s a fender bender or a serious collision, speeding is one of the primary causes and safe streets would benefit us all.

  • Trey

    Know that parts of the city aren’t really affected too much by speeders because of grid lock, but I think it will be a beneficial tool citywide to use the cameras. With so much going on in the city, going over the speed limit can surely translate into some bad accidents.

  • cubuffalo

    I sure hope this goes through. This technology along with higher seat belt use, better engineered cars, and tougher dui enforcement has lowered traffic fatalities to their lowest levels since the 1950’s.

  • Shawn

    This might bring some sanity to the city streets. Even New Yorkers need to follow the law and I hope the cameras help them realize this.

  • JR

    And I want to know how they get around the requirement in NYS that specifically states a summons can not be issued unless the violation it is observed by the officer, anybody who disagrees, research it, fact, not fiction. In order to be given a summons in NY, 3 things have to be met:
    1) In fact a violation has been commited
    2) In presence (By an officer)
    3) In jurisdiction (Of the officer)

    You have a consitutional right to intergoate your accuser. Who do you interrogate, a camera??? Nobody is sitting there watching every camera, it is all automatic in most cases.
    You civil and constitutioanl rights are being violated!

    • Kristen Shepard

      We all have a Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but not to drive. It is common misconception that any person in the United States has a right to drive. Anybody who disagrees, research it, fact, not fiction.
      There is no such right in the US Constitution. Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege,that can be taken away or modified based on conduct,
      These cameras are great way to protect the rights ( and lives) of safe drivers and pedestrians .

  • M. Bloomberg

    I like Arlene’s idea. Let’s also add an electric shock option in case we do anything illegal. But if the city wants the state to approve this – tell the state they’ll fork over 1/2 the revenue on the tickets…..its all about the $$$$$$$

  • Felicia

    no interest? how can you have no interest in supporting public safety and regulating traffic law?

  • John

    Nothing like the extremes in these comments. I think this is a great idea and could make a big difference in the number of accidents we see. Cameras are a very useful tool.

    • JR

      Nothing less then Big Brother (In this case greedy, money sucking NYC) watching over you, literally!

  • RobertM448

    This is a good idea and good use of available technology. There was a report recently released by the National Research Council, part of the well-respected National Academies, that found that the United States is lagging behind several other developed nations in reducing traffic fatalities. One of the reasons cited for this is the increased use of radar and camera speed law enforcement by other nations. If the technology is available, it should be used to save lives and reduce injuries.

  • Alexa

    If the city is smart, they will install these cameras through out the city. After living in the lower east side for years, I have seen my share of accidents that could have easily been prevented. Speed cameras will deter drivers from breaking the law.

  • mars

    I’ve never seen a camera prevent an accident.

    • Harvey

      What does that even mean? People decide not to speed when they think they’ll get caught. Speeding may not always cause accidents, but it always makes them more deadly when they happen. If cameras are a deterrent to speeding, makes sense to me that NYC should use them.

  • Johnny

    Another tactic to extract money out of drivers all in the name of safety.

  • DanTe

    And you people scoffed when I pointed out the similarities between Bloomberg and Hitler.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both unilaterally broke the law on term limits and extended their terms due to an “emergency”.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both like to dictate what healthy activity or food the peons need to do or eat. Hitler was a vegetarian too.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both have grand automobile/people mover plans. The Autoban and the massive lane changes in NYC.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both hates it when civilians are allowed to own guns. Gee, I wonder why they both like a helpless citizenry.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both use “emergencies” to increase their special police’s powers. NYC’s SS even perform overseas “investigations”, like NYC is a wholly separate little dictatoriate.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both just love to control how our youths are “educated”. And children were encouraged to report the teachers if they said the wrong thing.

    Bloomberg and Hitler people both wear monochrome colored shirts in a uniform manner. (While it’s true, this is placed here more so that the fascists can have something to respond to.)

    I wonder what “emergency” will occur for Bloomberg to break the term limit on the Presidency?

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  • bob

    no its big brother watching you 24/7

  • ken

    Concur. This is taxation. A camera cannot allow for discretion that a human police officer can. Also, This big-brother environment is adding stress to our lives one intersection at a time. America has fallen asleep, and while we slept, our freedom has been swiped.

  • Steve M.

    “Sadik-Khan says “speeding is a big factor in many of the worst crashes in the city.”………..Funny how no one ever advocates training people to become better drivers, regardless of the speed they’re driving. Speed doesn’t kill; drivers that don’t take the conditions into consideration and drive appropriately do……Od course there’s not much revenue to be generated if most of us are driving safely.

  • Arlene

    Why don’t we just cut right to the chase and install chips in everyone’s brains that prevent us from doing ANYTHING illegal. And for 500 billion more of taxpayer money, why not just include the add-on software that programs us to not consume anything bad for ourselves like smoking, trans-fat, or drinking soda.

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