NYC Wants To Use Speed Cameras To Catch Lead Foot Drivers

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The city hopes a proposal involving hi-tech cameras will help catch drivers with a lead foot.

The speed cameras could capture the speeding violation, snap a photo of their license plate and have a summons sent directly to their home without them even knowing about it.

Some argue the move would be the latest attempt by Mayor Bloomberg’s administration to regulate behavior. However some, including Lindsey Ganson of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, said the cameras were necessary.

“Speeding is the number one cause of deadly crashes in New York City,” Ganson told CBS 2’s John Metaxas.

Some drivers that spoke with CBS 2 on Monday were okay about the idea.

“It will help to minimize accidents,” one driver said.

“It’s a great idea to keep the city safe, especially from cab drivers,” another man said laughing.

The city already has 150 red light cameras and last year it installed cameras to monitor unauthorized use of bus only lanes.

However, AAA’s Robert Sinclair said unlike red light cameras, the speed cameras would not get the job done.

“It’s sort of ceding responsibility that a police officer should have for removing a truly reckless speeder off the road and giving it to a camera that does nothing to take that reckless speeder off the road,” he said.

Sinclair also said he had suspicions about the city’s motivation for the proposed move.

“It’s curious that the timing of this would come up now when we’re facing fiscal difficulties,” Sinclair said, “[AAA] sees this only as revenue enhancement opportunity.”

A speed cameras bill has been introduced in Albany, where it would still need to pass to become law.

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  • alabama jim

    By all means, bring them on. Just walking around town all the time and seeing drivers blatantly exceed the limit with so many pedestrians around makes me a supporter of anything that might curb this.

  • Manny

    cameras don’t cede anything! they help enforce the sometimes unenforceable because of a lack of manpower.

  • RobertM448

    I totally disagree with Mr. Sinclair. it does not seem to be a good use of a police officer’s time and use of a police cruiser to sit on the side of the road or drive along side of a vehicle clocking it and then start a vehicle chase to catch the speeder. It makes much more sense to use the available technology to issue tickets to violators using speed cameras and, hopefully, get speeders to slow down.

  • Ren

    This would be great, especially for taxis. They think they can run red lights and speed. It’s so much more dangerous in NYC with all of the pedestrians.

    • Harvey

      Good point! Finally a way to keep taxi drivers accountable to the law like the rest of us!

  • almxx

    Like the police are there to nab every speeder …….ha, ha, ha.

  • The Truth

    I’ll be okay when they GPS all NYPD, FDNY, DSNY and all elected official cars along with cameras. They misuse vehicles all the time.

  • Eric G

    It’s all about $$$$$$$

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