Assembly Passes Speed Cam Legislation — Now Up to State Senate to Protect New Yorkers From Deadly Speeding

The Assembly has passed legislation to expand New York City’s speed camera program. Now the State Senate can make streets safer around more city schools.

Members of Families for Safe Streets in Albany last month with speed camera bill sponsors Deborah Glick and Jose Peralta and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. Photo: David Meyer
Members of Families for Safe Streets in Albany last month with speed camera bill sponsors Deborah Glick and Jose Peralta and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. Photo: David Meyer

The Assembly has passed legislation to expand New York City’s speed camera program. Now it’s up to the State Senate to make streets safer around more city schools.

The bill as passed allows for speed cameras in 50 additional school zones a year for the next three years. That’s far fewer cameras than the 750 school zones originally proposed, but it would more than double the 140 zones where cameras are currently allowed.

The bill would extend the program through 2022, preventing it from expiring under the current 2018 sunset clause. Camera hours of operation would still be limited to school days during school hours.

Manhattan’s Deborah Glick has been the go-to for shepherding speed camera legislation through the Assembly, and was again the prime mover in her house this year.

With just a few hours to go in this year’s session, NYC’s Senate delegation can put more life-saving speed safety cameras on city streets.

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