Speed Cameras Are Common Sense

The Story

Cameras to catch speeding drivers, a standard enforcement tool in most cities, are highly controversial in New York, which requires state legislative approval to install and use them. The city is piloting a speed-camera program in school zones during school hours, and it would like to expand the number of cameras. But wider use has been blocked by opponents, who seem to see speeding as a human right. Albany should free the city to control traffic as it sees fit. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Safer: Pedestrian injuries fell by 23.1% in speed-camera zones in the first two years of operation. Read more.

  2. Slow down: Excessive speeding in camera zones increases by 146% after school hours, when the cameras are off. Read more.

  3. Warned: More than 80% of people who receive one speed-camera speeding ticket do not receive a second. Read more.

“At a time when roadway fatalities have gone up nationwide, the city is bucking the trend, and we really do believe speed cameras have played a key role in that.”

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg

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