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Mayor Celebrates Law Adding 5x More Speed Cameras To NYC School Zones

May 24, 2019 - 7:45 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated the new state law that will create five times the number of speed cameras in city school zones.

“NYC will be quintupling our school speed camera program,” the mayor said at a press conference on the Upper West Side Friday morning. “We don’t want to give tickets if we don’t have to. We just want people to stop speeding, particularly where kids are going to school.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law earlier this month. The legislation, passed by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature in March, vastly increases the school safety camera program from the roughly 160 school zones where they are currently to around 750 zones in two or three years.

Related: Cuomo Signs Law Vastly Expanding Speed Cameras In NYC School Zones

That’s at least one speed camera in every school zone in the city, according to the mayor.

“Within the next 12 months alone, all 750 school zones now authorized under state all – all 750 school zones – will have a speed camera,” de Blasio said.

Additionally, the speed cameras will now operate year-round and on all weekends, including summer and school vacations, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. They previously only operated during a school’s active hours.

Related: NY Legislature OKs Bill Expanding School Zone Speed Cameras

Data shows speeding declines by 60 percent in school zones equipped with speed cameras, and that 80 percent of those who get one $50 ticket for speeding in a school zone don’t get a second.

“We’re going to give people plenty of warning that every single one’s going to have a speed camera,” de Blasio said. “If you’re not speeding, you won’t have a problem. If you’re not breaking the law, nothing will happen to you.”

Friday's press conference was briefly interrupted when Congressman Jerry Nadler slumped over, apparently because he was dehydrated in the warm weather. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and is expected to be OK.