New York City to Expand School Zone Speed Camera Program – Government Technology

Extended hours

The expanded program will feature extended hours, with cameras now permitted to operate year-round on weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., including school and summer vacations. Under the previous programs, cameras were only permitted to operate during school activity hours.

Increasing radial distance

The language in the new law will now allow cameras to be placed within a quarter-mile radial distance of a school, as opposed to the previous law that required the cameras to be placed within a quarter-mile of the school along an abutted street.

“This change to the law allows cameras to be installed on a much larger number of streets near schools. In coming months, new cameras will be installed on a number of new high-crash corridors throughout the city,” Trottenberg wrote.

Fines unchanged

Motorists who are photographed exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour at a speed camera location will continue to receive a $50 fine.

Reporting requirements

The law will update the annual reporting requirements to include information related to the effectiveness of operating hours, in addition to information regarding city government funding allocations to improve traffic and pedestrian safety.

How we got here

In late March, the Democratic-led New York State Senate and Assembly passed measures to expand the controversial program, which had struggled to pass in recent years.

The total number of zones in the expansion dwarfs the number previously proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January, when the governor included language in the state budget to expand the program to 290 zones.

Last year, the Republican-led state Senate refused to vote on a bill that would have extended the speed camera program, forcing Cuomo to declare a State of Emergency, working with Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to temporarily reinstate and expand the program.

“We are excited about the opportunity to broaden the reach of this life saving program and remain committed to implementing the program in a fair manner guided by speeding and crash data,” Trottenberg concluded.