DOT to add more speed cameras across NYC, say speeding violations increased during pandemic
The Department of Transportation wants drivers to slow down, saying it will be adding more speed limitations throughout the city.
According to the DOT, nine major roadways are going to see a reduction in speed by 5 mph in the next four to six weeks, with Bruckner Boulevard being one of them.
Commissioner Polly Trottenberg explained that in just a three-year span, 70 people have either died or been seriously injured in an accident along Bruckner Boulevard from East 135th Street to Pelham Bay Park.
The NYPD says while traffic fatalities are down, speed violations have gone up during the months New York City was in lockdown for coronavirus. City DOT officials suggest that a lack of cars on the road makes it easier for drivers to speed. Speed cameras along any of the streets will be reprogrammed and will only issue warnings for the first 60 days after the new signage is posted.
The DOT says that it hopes to continue lowering the speed limit across New York City streets, and it says speed cameras help stop speeding by at least 60%.