New York City speed cameras will be online 24/7 next month – NBC New York

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that speed cameras in the city will operate 24 hours a day starting August 1.

Adams made the announcement Thursday afternoon alongside Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez.

“Nighttime and weekend crashes have become far too common in recent years, and we’re so grateful that state lawmakers have heard our call for 24/7 radar coverage,” Rodriguez said.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed state law last week that now allows the camera to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The city’s 2,000 speed cameras were previously licensed by the state to operate only on weekdays, between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., missing the 59 percent of traffic fatalities that occurred when the speed cameras had to be turned off.

Speed ​​cameras and automated traffic control are proven and effective safety tools that reduce speeding by 72%.

The new camera operating hours will take effect one month after a public awareness campaign that prepares drivers and all New Yorkers for the change to come.

This campaign begins July 1.

Earlier this year, Adams also announced a plan to redesign 1,000 intersections across New York City to protect pedestrians, cyclists and drivers with improved traffic signals and raised crosswalks.

“Unfortunately, we know that reckless drivers are on our streets 24/7 – so our cameras need to be on 24/7,” the deputy mayor for operations said. , Meera Joshi.

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