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Will New York City install cameras to catch speeders?

New York City may soon be getting more aggressive about catching drivers who commit traffic violations. Drivers in the city already have to contend with cameras set up to catch red-light runners and bus-lane violators. However, if a proposed law is passed, NYC drivers will also have to run a gauntlet of cameras set up to catch speeders.

The initial plan, if the law passes, is to put 40 speed cameras around the city. Half of those cameras will be set up so they can be rotated. As such, drivers will never be sure exactly when and where they are being monitored, which will give law enforcement the added advantage of surprise.

Drivers who are caught going more than 10 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will have to pay a $50 fine. Those going more than 30 miles-per-hour over the limit will have to pay a $100 fine. Drivers do get one break though -- they won't be docked points on their licenses.

Proponents of the law say it will save lives. They point to statistics showing fewer speeders and fewer traffic fatalities in Washington, D.C. after a similar system was installed there.

Opponents say that cameras won't be able to appreciate the complexity of city traffic in the same way police officers can. In addition, professional drivers and cabbies worry that their passengers aren't going to be very understanding of their need to drive more slowly.

It is worth noting that the chances of the law passing got a boost recently when Republican State Senator Andrew J. Lanza signed on.

"We live hurried lives," said Lanza. "If people know these are out there, they'll think twice. Nobody wants to pay a fine."

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

If you have been issued a traffic violation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. 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.


The New York Times, "With speed-camera bill, more writing of tickets may be going hands-free," Matt Flegenheimer, June 19, 2012

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