Speed cameras to operate 24/7 in New York City starting today
Speed cameras around New York City will now run 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Mayor Eric Adams' office posted on Twitter Sunday a reminder to New Yorkers about the change. They also tweeted, in part, that anybody who drives more than 10 mph over the speed limit will be issued a violation, which includes a $50 fine.
Speed cameras used to only operate during the week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The city speed limit is 25 miles per hour, so the city is urging drivers to go within the speed limit but to remember to yield to pedestrians and cyclists.
The Department of Transportation says 31% of traffic-related deaths happen in camera zones at times when cameras were previously not operating. They call the city's speed camera program "highly effective" when allowed to operate.
The DOT says that pedestrians who are struck by a vehicle at higher than 30 mph are twice as likely to die than pedestrians who are struck at just 25 mph.
News 12 spoke to some residents in Canarsie Sunday night, and some said that they don't want the change implemented.
One resident called it "a money grab" because there are not that many motorists driving at night, especially in areas where there is no traffic.
According to Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, there is a 14% reduction in traffic crash injuries on the streets where speed cameras operate. He says having them operate every day around the clock will hopefully help reduce the number of injuries and deaths.
This change will take effect at 10 p.m. across the five boroughs.