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Governor signs legislation for NYC speed program

Governor Andrew M Cuomo has signed legislation that permits New York City to establish a five-year demonstration program to monitor school speed zones with speed cameras and to allow evidence captured on camera to be used to impose liability for speeding. The new law is intended to enhance the safety of children, pedestrians and drivers in the city’s school speed zones, by encouraging motorists to drive with caution through these areas and supplement law enforcement efforts to catch violations and prevent accidents caused by speeding. The law authorizes the city to set up speed cameras in up to 20 school speed zones at a given time. The speed camera program is very similar to the city’s red-light camera program that allows: liability for violations to be imposed on the owner of the vehicle; violations adjudicated by the NYC Parking Violations Bureau; and a monetary penalty that may not exceed US$50 per violation, except for an additional US$25 penalty for non-payment within a prescribed time period.

If the City authorities implements the five-year demonstration program, it must conduct a study and submit a report to the Governor and State Legislature concerning the effectiveness of the program, including: the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries in all school speed zones compared with the number in school speed zones monitored by cameras; the number of speeding violations in all school speed zones compared with the number in zones monitored by cameras; the number of notices of liability issued, the disposition of violations, and the penalties collected; program expenses; and an assessment of the quality of the program’s adjudication process and its results. Cuomo said, “This law will allow New York City to undertake a pilot program to see if using speed cameras in school zones is an effective way of preventing accidents and protecting both pedestrians and drivers. These cameras will encourage drivers to use caution when driving through school zones. Overall, this will contribute to a safer environment for our students.”

August 5, 2013

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