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Slow the hell down: New York City needs more freedom to use speed cameras to catch dangerous drivers

Slow the hell down: New York City needs more freedom to use speed cameras to catch dangerous drivers
Mayor de Blasio and his traffic safety experts have proof that speed cameras work. In 2020, where the cameras were deployed, speeding dropped 71.5% and injuries fell 16.9%. Conversely, three-fourths of traffic deaths happened in areas or at times without the devices and more than a third of non-highway traffic fatalities were in range of existing cameras, but overnights or on weekends, when a silly state law requires the machines be turned off.

Mayor de Blasio and his traffic safety experts have proof that speed cameras work.The city’s streets are foolishly under state purview and, for years, speed cameras were outlawed.Speed cameras located near a school are pictured in Flushing, Queens, in February 2018.A 2013 pilot program of cameras near 20 schools was grudgingly expanded to 140 in 2014, active from an hour before school to an hour afterward and mothballed during summers.

A new law allowed 750 zones near schools, active from 6 a.(David Wexler for New York Daily News) Speed ahead to 2019, when camera opponent David Gantt was no longer the Assembly transportation chair, and in the Senate, Andrew Gounardes had ousted Marty Golden, replacing a speed camera foe who was repeatedly caught speeding himself with a champion.

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