The Big Apple needs to run its own speed cameras

Let’s give the Democrats in Albany a little nudge: they’re actually going to let New York City use its speed cameras to catch speeders.

Mayor Eric Adams hails the Legislature’s offer as a big win, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Bill extends city’s speed camera program by three years and allows cameras to run 24/7 (instead of being off from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., like now).

The latter is vital. Data analyzed by information site The City confirms that 41% of collisions occur at night and on weekends, and 60% of all fatal accidents. More: 71% of deaths in vehicles and 40% of pedestrian fatalities in 2022 so far happened when the cameras were legally non-operational.

And last year was the city’s deadliest traffic year since 2014, with nearly 300 fatalities – and a series of horrific recent incidents suggest the carnage is on the rise.

Yet this bill does nothing to solve a central problem: that the legislator controls these cameras at all.

Speeding and car accidents are local issues that require local control. Yet to make changes — like, say, running his red-light cameras 24/7, which this bill doesn’t address — the mayor still has to go hat in hand to Albany and ask permission. It is beyond absurd.

Mayor Eric Adams pleaded with Albany to keep its speed cameras running 24/7 as pedestrian deaths soared.
Gabriella Bass

Plus, a simple three-year extension ensures that the cameras will remain a bargaining chip. Albany is rushing to save lives while ensuring state lawmakers will keep toying with them.

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