Legislation introduced in Albany dramatically expands the number of speed cameras in New York City, and lets Nassau and Suffolk counties install them too.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants speed monitoring cameras installed in school zones on Long Island.
County Executive Steve Bellone asked state lawmakers for the authority to install speed cameras at about 20 sites near schools. Bellone said the move would help to reduce accidents and generate $2 million in revenue for the county each year.
Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the city has opened 76 new schools this year and delivered 1.5 million new textbooks.
The first round of cameras will be installed near schools where it’s been documented that at least 75 percent of drivers broke the speed limit, the city announced.
New York State lawmakers have approved a bill allowing the city to install speed cameras in front of New York City schools.
Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) said speeding is a real problem in the city, but it can be especially dangerous around schools.
Bloomberg also blasted the state legislature for tacking on a surcharge to New York City speeding tickets and taking the revenue but failing to vote for speed cameras.
Officials said 274 people died in traffic-related deaths in 2012, up from 245 a year earlier and the most since 2008.
The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association does not want speed cameras set up in the city.
The cameras would not photograph drivers, but would capture license plate numbers. Fines would range between $25 and $100 and insurance companies would not be notified of violations.
“If we can find a ways to enforce the laws that were duly enacted by our Legislature without spending money on more personnel, why would we not want to do that?” Bloomberg told reporters.
Under the proposal, if you go more than 10 miles over the 30 mph speed limit, the fine would be $50. If drivers go more than 30 mph over, the fine doubles to $100.
Instead of “the check is in the mail,” city drivers could soon find “the ticket is in the mail” if they step on the gas pedal too hard.
There’s a new war between Michael Bloomberg and state lawmakers over more red-light cameras on New York City streets. The mayor wants to “out” every lawmaker who won’t green light city plans for more of those “eye in the sky” ticket givers.