What Every Elected Should Say About Speed Cameras

When City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer talks about street safety and automated enforcement, the message is clear: speeding is always wrong, it’s dangerous, and anyone who gets a ticket needs to change their behavior.

In NYC, you have to be driving 11 mph or more above the speed limit to trigger a camera ticket. With a $50 fine and no license points, the penalty is small — but the reward is great, as speeding drops by 60 percent where cameras are deployed.

Listen to Van Bramer and ask yourself, wherever you live, ‘How would my leaders react?’ To change the mindset of drivers and achieve Vision Zero, politicians can’t crumble anytime a constituent complains about being penalized for dangerous driving.

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City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, 24 of his colleagues, and Public Advocate Letitia James are calling on the state legislature to expand NYC’s life-saving automated speed enforcement program. Assembly Bill 9861, sponsored by Deborah Glick, would allow New York City to expand its speed camera program to every school in the five boroughs. It would […]
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill announcing Vision Zero enforcement efforts last fall. Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

There’s a Better Way to Assess the Effect of Traffic Enforcement Than Counting Tickets

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NYPD has increased tickets for speeding and texting while driving 50 percent so far in 2017 compared to the same period last year, Commissioner James O’Neill testified at a City Council budget hearing last week. Speeding and distracted driving are two of the most common factors in fatal and injurious crashes in NYC, so it stands to reason that this shift in enforcement is reducing the incidence of dangerous driving. But there's no way to actually tell if those summonses are changing driver behavior.

Today’s Headlines

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Bike-Share, Bike-Share, Bike-Share (Post, CBS 2, Observer, NY1, AMNY) Sadik-Khan Says Bike Safety Infrastructure Will Expand With Bike-Sharing (Transpo Nation) Movement to Keep Chris Ward at Port Authority Grows, But Iris Weinshall On Short List (Crain’s 1, 2) Ticket Cyclists to Raise Revenue, Says Goldsmith (Transpo Nation) Van Bramer and Crowley to DOT: With Bumps or Cameras, Stop Maspeth Speeding (News) Marcia […]