You may now think twice before speeding in a school zone as it will cost you a fine. Lead-footed drivers speeding near city schools have been caught by cameras and have been slapped with fines.
In New York City, 5 of the city’s 20 allowed speed cameras are currently operational. Essentially, if someone is driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, the speed camera will snap a picture of the vehicle’s license plate and the person will receive a $50 ticket in the mail. Failure to pay the ticket tacks on an additional $25. The cameras have already issued over 12,000 tickets since January.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is hopeful that the Assembly and Senate will pass a bill to bring speed cameras to all 5 boroughs, along with Nassau and Suffolk counties. The mayor believes that the bill should be passed for the sake of kids and the safety of pedestrians. Mayor de Blasio hopes to eventually have speed cameras installed all around the city to catch people who speed near schools. Family members of people killed by cars are calling on legislators to take action fast.
New York State Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, has introduced legislation to allow the city to increase the number of speed cameras from 20 to 140, and to add 56 cameras in Nassau County and 69 cameras in Suffolk County. Under the law, the cameras must be located within a quarter mile of the school, and tickets are permitted to be issued only around school hours, which is 7 am until 4:10 pm.
Queens Boulevard is said to be one of the deadliest roads in New York City. It was chosen that a speed camera be installed on Queens Boulevard in Woodside, Queens because kids going to nearby schools need to cross this busy street.
These speed cameras are a great way to reduce accidents, deaths and injuries around school zones caused by speeding.