According to the Official Website of the City of New York, Mayor Eric Adams has turned on 2,000 speed cameras 24/7 in New York City to help save lives. Mayor Adams stated that seventy-two percent of the traffic-related deaths happened when the speed cameras were not turned on. Adams also stated that getting permission to turn on the city’s speed cameras was a hard-fought battle since many people believed the speed cameras were too punitive. Mayor Adams and some safety advocates believe that speed cameras are a good deterrence to dangerous driving. The driving cameras were turned on last month.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams believes that the expansion of New York City’s speed camera program will help to keep New Yorkers safe twenty-four hours a day. The 2,000 speed cameras are located in 750 school zones and will operate all day and all night for the very first time. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and other agencies in the city’s Vision Zero Task Force distributed a multilingual public awareness campaign informed drivers of the change and reminded them to drive safely. The news story states that automated traffic enforcement tools like speed cameras help to prevent dangerous behavior and reduce speeding by 72 percent.
According to DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, speed cameras save lives, and the DOT expects the cameras to save even more lives. DOT Commissioner Rodriguez also thanked the advocates who made the speed camera initiative a reality.
New York City’s 2,000 automated speed cameras were only permitted to operate on weekdays, between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM. Approximately 59 percent of the traffic fatalities occurred while the speed cameras were turned off. The new state law was signed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul in June. The law permits speed cameras to operate 24/7 in the state. The speed camera program and the $900 million to be spent on critical street safety initiatives will help reduce fatal traffic crashes in the city. Mayor Adams also issued a new plan to redesign more than 1,000 intersections throughout the city to protect cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.
NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Royster stated that the NYPD is committed to reducing traffic fatalities and extending the hours of speed cameras will protect the city’s most vulnerable road users. The NYPD supports using the technology and encourages drivers to slow down.
New York City Sheriff Anthony Miranda said that the Sheriff’s Department comprehends the urgency to take action and save lives. Sheriff Miranda pledged that the Sheriff’s Officer would continue to identify violators and hold those reckless drivers accountable for endangering the community.
Monique Williams, a member of the Families for Safe Streets organization, said that no one should experience the “pain of losing a loved one to traffic violence.” Her father was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver back in 2021. She stated that these fatal crashes are increasing in the Bronx, and pedestrian fatalities are up 50% over last year. She believes that city officials need to expand all Vision Zero tools that work.
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