As part of its ongoing push toward Vision Zero, the New York City DOT (NYC DOT) has announced that it will expand its school zone speed camera network citywide with the addition of thousands more cameras to its overall network. Moreover, its present camera network, as of July 11, be switched on for more extended periods of time.
The expansion is aimed at curbing dangerous driving near city schools. The program will affect all five city boroughs, and while NYC DOT is not disclosing the precise locations of the new cameras, it has stated that priority will be given to those school zones that have the highest crash rates, as well as those areas with a history of speeding and reckless driving.
As of July 11, all installed cameras, both the newly added and those presently in place, will be in operation every weekday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round. Previously, the school zone cameras were operated at variable hours, only being able to issue summonses to drivers during the hours that a given school was open. NYC DOT has estimated that the extension will double the overall number of hours the cameras are active.
This expansion and extension of hours further presses forward on the city’s five-year pilot program to increase safety and reduce incidents at the city’s most dangerous school zones. The pilot program, launched in 2013, reported a 60% drop in speeding infractions in school zones where cameras had been installed, as well as a 21% decline in the number of people killed or severely injured in crashes in those zones.
The new $62 million camera network expansion will place cameras at all 750 school zones citywide.