The state failed to reauthorize the city’s speed camera program, and now those cameras are no longer gathering evidence for speeding violations. The cameras are collecting data, but they’re not taking photos to be used in citations against speeding drivers, the Post reported.
The speed camera program, which started in 2014, places cameras near schools in an effort to reduce speeding and serious crashes. On the Upper West Side, there are three such cameras on busy streets near schools, although the city doesn’t release their exact location, said Ned Terrace of Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s office. There may be more than three total in the neighborhood, given that Council Member Mark Levine’s district includes a section of the Upper West Side too. Overall, there were 100 cameras throughout the city at fixed locations, along with 40 mobile cameras. Twenty of the mobile cameras will remain on through August, the Post reported.
Speed cameras have been shown to reduce speeding and serious injuries.
Advocates have urged the state for weeks not to allow the camera program to lapse. The Republican-controlled State Senate, however, did not pass a bill allowing the cameras. Dana Lerner, whose son Cooper Stock was killed by a cab driver in 2014, was arrested while protesting outside the office of State Sen. Marty Golden last month.