The NYC Department of Transportation will install twenty speed cameras in crash-prone school zones around the city in time for the first day of school, Monday September 9.
The cameras are part of a five-year program which will see a combination of fixed and mobile cameras at unspecified locations, all within a quarter mile of schools around the boroughs and chosen based upon crash and injury data and rates of speed. During the first few weeks, speeders exceeding 10 or more miles above the limit will receive only warning notices, though eventually they will be issued $50 fines.
Park Slope is mentioned twice in the list of school zones with the highest rate of documented speeding vehicles; within a quarter mile of each school, PS 107 showed 82% of vehicles speeding and Park Slope Collegiate, 76%. Beyond that, and according to the map released by the DOT, most of our school zones revealed less than 25% of vehicles speeding.
Though traffic fatalities have decreased by 31% since 2001, speeding was a contributing factor in 81 fatal crashes in 2012. According to the DOT, the difference between 30 mph (the City’s speed limit) and 40 mph is one of life and death; a child hit by a car traveling at 40 mph has a 70% chance of dying, versus the 80% chance of survival if hit by a car obeying the law.
“Keeping streets safe for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians is one of the most important public safety challenges any government faces,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Our streets are the safest they have ever been, due in large part to our enforcement efforts and innovative traffic engineering that have brought traffic fatalities to record lows. Curbing speeding around schools will help us continue to make our City’s streets safer for everyone.”
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