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NYC Launches Speed Camera Program In All School Zones

July 11, 2019 - 6:42 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) --  A new state law expanding the use of speed cameras in school zones went into effect Thursday.

Under the law, speed camera hours are being extended from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, all year-round.

The city will also install speed cameras 750 school zones from the previous 140 zones.

When asked if the cameras would change people's behaviors or cause them to slow down, a resident answered "Oh yes, most definitely."

At the intersection of East Tremont and Anthony avenues, near P.S. 28 in the Bronx, resident Michael Witherspoon said drivers often speed. 

"Everybody is in a rush of getting here, going, going, going, got to go, got to go, got to go, not paying too much mind with the school factor, we got kids crossing," he said.

A brand new speed camera was installed at the intersection last week.

The area is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, and ranks in the top 10 percent of Bronx corridors for number of people killed or severely injured but had not previously qualified for a speed camera despite the location’s crash history and proximity to a school.

The city's expansion of the speed camera program received a lot of pushback from state lawmakers who called it a money grab, but studies show they do change driver behavior. Once a driver gets a $50 ticket in the mail, they tend to slow down.