Speed cameras near NYC schools approved - FOX 35 News Orlando

Speed cameras near NYC schools approved

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Six schools sit within a quarter-mile radius of 66 Park Avenue in Brooklyn. Shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Fox 5 -- with the aid of a speed gun -- witnessed vehicles passing that address at speeds 15, 16 and 17 mph faster than the legal limit.

"In order to save lives we should be paying closer attention to our speedometers," said Juan Martinez, the general counsel for Transportation Alternatives, which has advocated for speed cameras on New York City streets for the past decade. That crusade is set to finally come to an end, thanks to new legislation later this year.

"It would be wonderful if we never ticketed anyone," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference Tuesday. "And in that sense, the speed cameras will have paid for themselves, maybe not in dollars but in lives saved."

The city plans to install 20 cameras, all near schools. Radar will track speed, lenses will capture license plates, and $50 tickets will punish offenders.

"Too many drivers try to pull a fast one on streets near New York City schools," Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said.

According to the mayor's office, even driving 40 mph instead of the posted 30 mph lowers a child's chance of survival if struck by 50 percent.

The speed limit on Park Avenue in Brooklyn is 30 mph. But in just 10 minutes on Tuesday afternoon, Fox 5 recorded speeds of 43, 40 and 47 mph.

"You can't put speed bumps on this avenue," Martinez said. "You can't narrow this street."

But now the city can install those speed cameras and then move them around as it sees fit, in hopes of deterring would-be speeders no matter where they're driving.

"[Drivers] have to assume there's a camera there," Bloomberg said.

New York City traffic fatalities reached all-time lows in the last five years, but speeding still remains the single greatest factor in traffic deaths.

-------

MORE INFORMATION

State lawmakers have passed a bill allowing cameras near 20 city schools with documented speeding issues.

Speeding is cited as the single greatest contributing factor in city traffic fatalities.

The bill authorizes $50 fines for "dangerous"speeding along with existing red-light cameras and continuing aggressive enforcement of traffic laws, will help maintain the record traffic safety gains in the city.

"Over the past decade, traffic fatalities in New York City have fallen by more than 30 percent, reaching all-time record lows," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  "But speeding remains the single greatest contributing factor in traffic fatalities in New York City."

New York City has recorded historic low traffic fatalities in the last five years and has fatality rates less than one-third of the national average and half that of other big cities, but speeding remains the greatest single factor in traffic deaths, contributing to 81 fatal traffic crashes in 2012 -- approximately 30 percent of all traffic fatalities.

The city is currently authorized to use re-light cameras at 150 locations.

  • TrafficMore>>

  • Teen sentenced for deadly crash

    Teen sentenced for deadly crash

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:10:11 GMT
    A Queens teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree in 2012, killing four of his friends on Long Island, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.  The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence for Joseph Beer, who was 17 at the time of the crash.
    A Queens teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree in 2012, killing four of his friends on Long Island, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.  The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence for Joseph Beer, who was 17 at the time of the crash.
  • MTA: Subway went wrong way

    MTA: Subway went wrong way

    Monday, August 25 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-26 03:14:32 GMT
    The MTA is investigating how a subway train headed the wrong direction for several minutes before stopping in Manhattan. Back on August 11, an A train operator drove an express train uptown on a downtown track. The train was carrying passengers, but no one was hurt.
    The MTA is investigating how a subway train headed the wrong direction for several minutes before stopping in Manhattan. Back on August 11, an A train operator drove an express train uptown on a downtown track. The train was carrying passengers, but no one was hurt.
  • Flight diverted after seat recline fight

    Flight diverted after seat recline fight

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:40:52 GMT
    Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination.
    Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices