New expanded school zone camera program impacting drivers
It's been a few months since the new expanded school zone speed camera program took effect, and it has impacted drivers and their wallets.
The fine for speeding in a school zone runs drivers $50. Since the city implemented the new law in July, revenue collected from the speed cameras has significantly increased.
In comparison to last year, revenue has gone up by nearly $30,000, according to records from the city's Department of Transportation. Officials say the goal of the expanded program is to "deter speeding" and not to collect revenue.
As News 12 reported earlier this year, the city started installing hundreds of more speeding cameras in school zones. The Department of Finance says the percentage of speed camera violation fines has also increased in the Bronx.
The violation fines went from 15% last year to 18% in just the four months since the expansion was implemented.
According to the city, speeding is still the leading cause of deadly crashes across the five boroughs. The DOT is expected to install cameras in 750 school zones by June of next year.