DOT: 24/7 speed cameras to launch Aug. 1
The Department of Transportation hosted a Day of Awareness as the city is a week away before speed cameras across the city go on 24 hours, seven days a week.
The DOT says there are 2,000 speed cameras in 750 school zones across the five boroughs. Starting Aug. 1, they'll be on at all times.
Prior to this big change, the speed cameras were operating between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
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In the city that never sleeps, the mayor says it only makes sense to have the cameras rolling 24 hours a day. Any driver going 10 mph over the speed limit will get a ticket.
Mayor Eric Adams says 59% of the traffic fatalities that were occurring happened when the cameras were off. In June, the governor signed legislation allowing the cameras to be on nonstop.
The camera captures an image of vehicle and license plate, which is by reviewed by a DOT staff technician for accuracy. Then, a notice of liability is sent to the driver. Get 15 or more within 12 months, and drivers must take a safe vehicle operation course with the DOT.
The DOT says speeding violations are down 72% since the speed camera program launched in 2014 -- and that most of the drivers caught speeding have only received one or two tickets since the start of the program.
Street teams on Wednesday were handing out pamphlets and letting commuters know about the upcoming changes that go into effect Aug. 1.