NYC Mulling ‘Sweeper Cams’ To Catch Alternate Side Parking Violators

Bloomberg: Pilot Program Featuring 25 Cameras Proposed In Albany

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They’re catching red light runners and bus lane violators, but now New York City may use cameras to ticket people who disobey alternate side parking regulations.

As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports, reactions are mixed to the proposed “sweeper cams.”

There are 200 street sweepers on New York City streets, equipped with brushes and spray nozzles. Someday, they may also be outfitted with cameras to catch and ticket cars that violate alternate side parking rules.

“It’s another way to use technology,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “Street cleaning is something we have to do, and the only way to do it is if people move their cars.”

Bloomberg said it’s worth a try, so he’s asking the state to approve a pilot project to put cameras on 25 street sweepers. He said it’s the next step in technology that’s already in use.

License plate readers are being employed by a growing number of police departments. The readers are mounted on vehicles and connected to computers that scan and isolate plate numbers.

Just like red-light cameras, so-called “sweeper cams” would record a violation and generate a ticket that would be mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner.

In a city with untold thousands of surveillance cameras, the sweeper cam plan seems okay to many – but not all.

“I’m okay with that, but some people will say Big Brother’s looking at us,” Marie Williams, of Harlem, said.

“It works for me,” East Harlem resident Pete Boyko said. “They seem to be helping out otherwise with crime – why not with parking?”

“On the whole, I prefer dealing with people – except when it comes to ticket agents!” Adrian Teiemann, of the Upper West Side, said.

“That’s ridiculous,” another resident said. “Concentrate on something more important!”

The proposal was not sitting well with the sanitation enforcement union, which said it fears the cameras will sweep away ticket agent jobs.

The administration said it doesn’t plan on cutting any jobs if the sweeper camera plan is approved.

Should street sweepers also be policing parking? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. TOOKIE says:

    GREAT-YOU ARE DAMNED IF YOU DO AND DAMNED IF YOU DONT- IN JACKSON HEIGHTS PEOPLE DO NOT MOVE THEIR CARS AT THE TIME THEW SWEEPER COMES AROUND AND THIS HAPPENS DOWN THE BLOCK FROM THE POLICE PRECINCT. JUST IMAGINE THE EXTRA FUNDS THEY COULD COLLECT AND KEEP THE STREETS CLEAN

  2. Sunny says:

    Good idea—the parking restrictions are there to help the street sweepers do their job, so even if it means giving the sweeper drivers a raise, the police savings will probably be more.

    1. KPMc says:

      Why in the world do you think street sweepers deserve a raise? DOS is the most overpaid yet skill-less, pampered department in NYC.

      If anything these lazy entitled bums need to work their actual 8-hour shift like the rest of us instead of the 4-hour plus time to goof off, workout at gyms in the garage nonsense they’ve been pulling for decades.

      Get the inspectors out of their cars and do something that actually helps keep/make this city clean.

      When this department first started employees actually WALKED for miles, broom in hand, sweeping the streets of NYC. Now it’s just a bloated, wasteful entitled pathetic mess.

      1. Sunny says:

        Kiss my bloated entitled, cellulite-ridden butt-cheeks.

  3. VF says:

    What happens when a vehicle gets a camara ticket which is not a physical ticket placed on the vehicle and then the same vehicle gets another ticket from a traffic agent for the same offense? The City will double dip here?
    This seams unfair!!!!

  4. KPMc says:

    “The proposal was not sitting well with the sanitation enforcement union, which said it fears the cameras will sweep away ticket agent jobs.”

    So NOW the DOS is worried that their workers don’t have enough to do when that’s the way they have been cultivating it for decades?

    Here’s a suggestion… get the agents to get out of their cars.. walk busy avenues from one end to another and ENFORCE the laws already on the books.

    Re-teach business owners that they need to clean up in front of their stores and introduce our large immigrant population to the notion of bagging up their garbage and putting it in the proper place as opposed to dropping it anywhere or in corner trash cans.

  5. Goblin says:

    Looks like nothing more than another money grab like red light cameras and tolls. legalized extortion.

  6. Dave says:

    How about putting cameras on city blocks to stop murderers and rapists. Or does the city not profit from that?

  7. drny says:

    Why bother? Street cleaners don’t make the street any cleaner!

  8. ROCKY says:

    tHEY STEAL MORE THEN THE TICKET THE SWEEPERS bLOOMDERG GET THE fUUUUUK OUT

  9. Dale Auburn says:

    “Bloomberg said it’s worth a try, so he’s asking the state to approve a pilot project to put cameras on 25 street sweepers.”

    Hold on there a minute… This is about CITY sweepers on CITY streets, so it’s a CITY issue that should be dealt with by the CITY Council. Why does the State Legislature need to get involved? Why do legislators from Plattsburg and Elmira and Rochester get to decide how to run our city? Why is New York the ONLY city in the state that needs State permission to govern itself, while all other cities enjoy “home rule”?

    1. Tony Aiello says:

      Dale – the state requires municipalities to seek permission to enforce certain types of laws. Just as Yonkers and Nassau County had to seek state permission to install “red light cameras” NYC must seek state permission to install these sweeper cam devices. The tradition in Albany is that if the “home delegation” supports a measure like this, legislators from other parts of New York won’t block it. The measure has a sponsor in the Senate and picked up an Assembly sponsor just yesterday.

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