Here’s How You Can Help Bring Speed Enforcement to #EverySchool in NYC

Click on the image to tour the #EverySchool web site.
Click on the image to tour the #EverySchool web site.

Transportation Alternatives is ramping up its #EverySchool campaign to loosen Albany restrictions on New York City speed cameras.

Earlier this month, TA and Families for Safe Streets launched an effort to get state lawmakers to allow NYC to site speed cameras outside every school in the city. As of now, arbitrary state rules limit NYC to just 140 cameras, to be used in school zones during school hours only. Tickets carry a $50 fine with no license or insurance points and are not issued unless a driver is speeding by at least 11 miles per hour.

Even with those limitations, speeding is down by an average of 60 percent in locations where speed cameras are installed, according to DOT.

With just 7 percent of school zones covered by cameras at one time, TA and Families for Safe Streets are backing a bill introduced by Assembly Member Deborah Glick that would let any school have camera enforcement with no time of day restrictions. The bill would remove an Albany sunset provision, making the speed camera program permanent.

A new campaign web site allows parent groups and community organizations to join the #EverySchool Coalition. There is a form for contacting state reps about the campaign, and parents can share stories about the dangers their kids encounter when walking to school.

On May 10, TA and Families for Safe Streets will travel to Albany to encourage lawmakers to help pass Glick’s bill. People interested in making the trip can reserve a seat via the #EverySchool site, or sponsor other families that would like to go.

  • Simon Phearson

    I would like to support an advocacy group that focuses on lobbying our mayor, city council, borough presidents, and DOT on the importance on smart, modern street design and transit networks, instead of the next “winnable” goal chosen strategically to demonstrate their efficacy. Such a group would not be apparently content with the mere passage of laws that are rarely enforced. It would not approve of watered-down, inadequate designs just because doing otherwise would make it look powerless. Does anyone know where I might be able to find such a group?

  • Andrew

    Why only schools?

    Don’t children on their way to or from school deserve protection?

    Don’t children and adults deserve protection wherever they are?

    Last night, while I was crossing the street with the light in my favor, a driver cut me off at about 40 mph. But I wasn’t near a school, so I guess that’s OK. (The local precinct certainly feels that way.)

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