NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – As the school year approaches, New York City is stepping up efforts to catch drivers who go too fast near schools.
The city announced Monday that enforcement of 20 speed cameras will begin on Sept. 9, the same day as the start of the school year.
The state Legislature agreed in June to let the city set up 20 to 40 speed cameras in school zones to catch and deter speeders.
“Keeping streets safe for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians is one of the most important public safety challenges any government faces,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement. “Our streets are the safest they have ever been, due in large part to our enforcement efforts and innovative traffic engineering that have brought traffic fatalities to record lows. Curbing speeding around schools will help us continue to make our City’s streets safer for everyone.”