Mayor, DOT push to expand school zone speed camera enforcement
Mayor Bill de Blasio and city Department of Transportation
are trying to change a state law to allow more speed camera enforcement in
school zones after the department says there's been a rise in speeding and
The DOT says the rise in speeding and reckless driving has
been fueled by less traffic during the pandemic.
Currently, school speed cameras operate only between the
hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and only on weekdays. The mayor and the DOT want to
have the cameras work 24/7 to improve speed compliance.
The goal is to help keep drivers accountable and crack down
on repeat offenders who are speeding or driving recklessly in school zones.
According to Vision Zero, pedestrian fatalities are at an
all-time low, but the rate of total traffic-related deaths has risen. NYPD
collision reports often say speed was a contributing factor in those crashes.
The NYPD is also launching their annual holiday traffic
enforcement campaign, which includes cracking down on intoxicated drivers on
highways and local streets.
This year will be the sixth safest on record for