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Legislation calls for speeding cameras in NYC

Back in February, our blog discussed how safety advocates, concerned citizens and city officials all packed a joint meeting of the City Council's Transportation and Public Safety Committees to discuss such important matters as reckless driving/speeding and the adequacy of current efforts to combat speeding-related fatalities.

Interestingly, it appears that one state lawmaker has heard the concerns of these parties and is now actively taking steps to help combat the dangers posed by speeding motorists in New York City.

In early 2012, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) introduced legislation entitled "The Neighborhood Speeds on Neighborhood Streets Act," calling for the installation of as many as 40 "speed limit photo devices" throughout New York City to catch dangerous drivers in the act.

These speed limit photo devices would function very similarly to the city's 150 red light cameras, in that they would be mounted on busy streets, film motorists as they are breaking the speed limit and mail them a ticket.

Glick is hoping that the legislation will not only help enforce speed limits but also result in a reduction in the overall number of fatal traffic accidents.

While you may be wondering why this matter can't be handled solely by city officials, state law actually requires the city to receive approval from state officials before installing the traffic devices.

While the legislation -- also referred to as A07737 -- has 22 sponsors in the State Assembly, it currently needs one in the State Senate. A similar measure proposed by both Glick and State Senator Tom Duane (D-Manhattan) last year failed to generate the necessary momentum.

However, in light of recent media coverage and the sizeable attendance at the aforementioned City Council meeting, it appears that the issue of the danger posed by speeding drivers in New York City is gaining more attention, perhaps helping the bill's chances of passing.

Stay tuned for further updates from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


Capital New York, "Pleading in Albany for speed-limit cameras in New York City," Dana Rubinstein, April 9, 2012

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