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Two new proposed pieces of legislation would make it tougher for New York drivers to escape the eye of speed cameras. The first bill would increase the number of speed cameras in school zones in New York City, according to AM New York.

At the moment, only 140 speed cameras are permitted near schools in the city under the law. Considering there are thousands of schools in New York City, that number seems like a drop in the bucket, proponents of the new law argue. In addition, the existing cameras are only operational during limited hours of the day. While speeding in areas around the existing cameras has dropped by 60 percent since their installation, the fact that more than half of fatal crashes happen outside of the cameras’ functioning time periods means there is a lot of room for improvement.

Offenders who are caught by these cameras are subject to a ticket that is sent to them in the mail. There is no other punishment besides that unless the speeder causes an accident or commits a crime. A simple fine is not enough of a deterrent, some argue. That is why another piece of legislation has been proposed that would impose harsher penalties on repeat speeders who are caught by the cameras.

According to DNAinfo, under the bill any car that is caught speeding or running a red light by a traffic camera five times in one year would lose its registration for a period of up to six months. It is important to note that the number of violations is tied to the car and not to one specific driver. So if a car has multiple drivers over the one-year period, each person’s infractions would count toward the total of five. Both bills have vocal supporters, so it will be interesting to see whether they successfully go on to be signed into laws.

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