New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday urged state lawmakers to approve a measure that would allow the city to install hundreds of additional speed enforcement cameras.
De Blasio, speaking at a rally in front of City Hall in Manhattan, urged the State Legislature to approve a measure that would permit the city to install speed cameras at 750 school zones — up from the 140 zones currently permitted under the law.
“We need every member of the legislature to understand they’re holding people’s lives in their hands, and we need them to do the right thing,” de Blasio said, surrounded by families who held up photos of loved ones killed by speeding motorists.
The mayor, citing a city Department of Transportation study, said speeding has declined by an average of 63 percent at existing camera sites, and crashes with injuries have declined by 15 percent. The city first installed the devices in 2014.
Assemb. Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) and state Sen. Jose Peralta of Queens, a member of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, a group aligned with Senate Republicans, are the lead sponsors of the measure, which also proposes increasing the amount of time the city can operate the devices. It also would give the city more discretion on where to place the cameras.
Currently the NYPD can only run the cameras during school hours and when school events are held. The measure, if approved by the legislature’s June 21 adjournment, would allow the city to operate the cameras year round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., giving the city a larger time frame to catch offenders, who are then issued a $50 fine for going 10 mph or more over the speed limit.