NEW YORK (MorichesDaily) – New York state and local leaders are rallying behind a plan to install speed cameras around New York City at high-risk locations.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would enable New York City to install up to 40 stationary and roving speed cameras at high-risk locations for the next five years.
The calls for a crackdown on speeding comes after several high-profile crashes, including a hit-and-run collision that killed Nachman and Raizy Glauber and a day later, their newborn son.
“Speeding is the number one cause of fatal crashes in New York City and we must do everything we can to prevent future fatalities,” said speaker Christine Quinn. “Speed cameras are a smart detriment that will reduce speeding and help save lives.”
One in four traffic deaths in New York City is caused by speeding. In 2011 alone, 70 people were killed and 4,700 people were injured as a result of speed-related crashes in the five boroughs.
The cameras in the pilot program would not photograph the driver or disseminate the license plate number of the vehicle.
Penalties for speeding would be set at $25 with a maximum penalty of $50 for speeding between 10 and 30 miles above the speed limit and $100 for speeding over 30 miles above the limit.
The legislation introduced by State Assembly Member Deborah Glicker and State Senator Andrew Lanza has the support of several city council members and the advocacy groups Transportation Alternatives and Tri-State Transportation Campaign.