New York Daily News

February 1, 2014


 

Nearly 1,000 motorists caught speeding by city's cameras in two week period

The Department of Transportation's new speed cameras are catching the New York City's speedy motorists off guard, but police unions say they're no match for traffic enforcement officers.

By Barry Paddock and Thomas Tracy / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The city's two-week-old speed camera program has proven very effective, with six cameras catching nearly 1,000 motorists going over the speed limit.

Smile! You’ve just been caught speeding!

Nearly 1,000 motorists have been hit with violations under the city’s two-week-old speed camera program, officials said Friday.

By Thursday, approximately 900 motorists had been sent tickets after one of the six cameras placed throughout the city clocked their cars going over the speed limit, according to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

"Just two weeks in, DOT's speed camera program is putting motorists on notice that we will not tolerate dangerous driving on New York City streets," Trottenberg said.

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Albany has approved the installation of 20 more cameras.

Despite the program’s rampant success, police unions are balking, claiming the cameras will never be able to replace eagle-eyed traffic enforcement officers.

“Speed cameras will certainly raise revenue for the city, but they cannot do the job of a live, professionally trained police officer who, having stopped a speeder, may make an arrest for driving under the influence, driving without a license or insurance or even worse offenses like carrying an illegal weapon,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said.

“We view traffic enforcement as an opportunity to take the dangerous drivers and criminals off the road that a camera can't.”

Mayor de Blasio hailed the success of the speed camera program, which is part of his "Vision Zero" traffic initiative to curb pedestrian fatalities.

Albany has approved the installation of 20 more speed cameras, but de Blasio said the state shouldn't hamper the city's progress.

"Albany should not stand in the way of us doing what we have to do to protect our own people," he said in a Hot 97 interview on Friday morning. "There's going to be a lot more intersections that we've had problems with, that we hope to have speed cameras."