De Blasio urges Albany to permit 24/7 speed cameras near schools


Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday urged state elected leaders to approve the utilization of speed cameras in school zones to catch racing drivers 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The mayor’s comments came after the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) issued their annual Automated Speed Enforcement Program report, which covers data from the speed camera program’s inception in 2014 through December 2020. The report found the cameras curbed speeding by over 70%. However, analysis of 2020 fatalities showed that nearly 30% of all fatalities occur in speed camera zones during the hours they are not allowed to operate: overnight and on weekends.