More than 200 new speed cameras are authorized for school zones in New York City and Long Island under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The words “smile, you’re on candid camera” have taken on new meaning in the city’s crackdown on speeding motorists.
The state’s approval of speed cameras will help pay some of the $129 million price tag.
The state Senate voted to authorize the cameras Wednesday, two days after the Assembly did.
The New York State Assembly voted Monday to authorize hundreds of new speed cameras for school zones in New York City and Long Island.
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.