Thanks to the city’s new speed camera program that started in January, drivers speeding near city schools have been hit with more than 11,700 tickets, according to the Department of Transportation.
The tickets, which are $50 a piece add up to a potential of $585,750 in revenue, DOT said, making ‘reckless road warriors a new-cash cow for the city.’
These numbers were currently reached by utilizing 5 of twenty approved cameras which are only permitted to be on during the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. The cameras are located in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island to bust drivers cruising more than 10 mph above the speed limit. Although the DOT does not reveal the location of the cameras, they have been spotted in the past and that information can be found online.
While it’s too early in the program to determine what affect the cameras will have on pedestrian safety in New York, evidence from other cities shows speed cameras can dramatically reduce accidents, deaths and injuries caused by speeding. The take home message is quite simple; obey the speed limit near school zones which is good common sense even when cameras aren’t watching.