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City issues 900 speeding tickets from cameras in two weeks

New York area residents are in the throes of winter now. Dealing with weather and road conditions adds a lot to drivers’ responsibilities. This is all in addition to the city’s crackdown on speeding and other traffic violations. The news media has been reporting on the multiple programs regularly for several months now so that drivers in the area should be getting familiar with the situation.

One recent article reported on the most recent results from the speeding cameras that have been placed close to local schools. Of the 20 cameras that are expected to be used city-wide, some will have permanent placements and others will be moved from location to location at various times. All will be within one-fourth of a mile of a school. Tickets will be given to any driver who is found to exceed the speed limit by 10 or more miles per hour.

In most of the areas where the cameras are placed, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour, meaning that tickets will be given to anyone going 40 miles per hour or more. When first installed, only warnings were issued but that changed in January. After only two weeks of issuing tickets, the city’s cameras gave out a total of 900 tickets for $50 each. In all, these tickets are worth $45,000 to the city. Police have indicated, however, that these cameras are not able to identify drivers with license suspensions or other points on their records.

Being aware of the cameras is important for all drivers. Also important is the ability to defend oneself against a traffic ticket when needed. Anyone in such a situation may consider talking to an attorney to learn what options may exist.

Source: NYPost.com, “Speeding cameras begin catching speeders around NYC school zones,” Michael Gartland, February 2, 2014

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