NYC speed camera program could get big expansion in 2019

New York City lost—and then regained—speed cameras in school zones over the summer; now, the city is set to see the program expanded as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 executive budget. Cuomo’s office announced today that the speed camera program will be reinstated, and the number of cameras on city streets will be doubled—from 140 to 290—while also expanding the areas of coverage.

“There is indisputable evidence that speed cameras save lives, and as public servants we must use every available tool to protect our children,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The current speed cameras are the byproduct of a pilot program, enacted by Cuomo and implemented by New York City’s Department of Transportation in 2014, that brought the traffic-calming measure to 140 school zones across the city. Speed cameras have reduced the number of crashes in the city since they were implemented, and transit advocates have been for legislation allowing their use to be extended until 2022.