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With the help of discreetly-placed traffic cameras, New York City officials are cracking down on speeders near schools. The sting operation, which began in mid-January, currently involves just five of the 20 speed cameras that have been authorized by the state.

So far, 11,715 tickets have been issued to catch unsuspecting drivers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Drivers who were caught on camera going more than 10 mph over the speed limit were ticketed.

In most areas of the city, the speed limit is 30 mph, but as part of his crackdown on reckless driving, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that the speed limit will likely be lowered to 25 mph. The mayor has also enlisted the help of the NYPD to carry out his plan, as we discussed in a previous post.

Under the law, cameras cannot be placed outside of a zone spanning a quarter-mile from schools and they must only operate during school hours, between 7 a.m. and 4:10 p.m.

While officials are keeping the exact locations of the cameras a secret and their locations change frequently, drivers have reported some of their locations online. As expected, it appears that officials are targeting areas in the city that are perceived as the most dangerous.

The Department of Transportation, said that once the operation is in full effect, all 20 cameras will be in use throughout the city. In just the first several weeks that the cameras have been in use, the DOT reported that tickets have raised nearly $585,750 in revenue.

Although the tickets do not result in points against a driver’s license, the financial consequences can add up quickly at $50 per ticket. For that reason, individuals who receive these tickets may want to consult a criminal defense lawyer with experience in traffic violations to discuss the possibility of fighting the charge.

If New York drivers simply pay the tickets without a fight, the hidden speed cameras will only get more popular as a golden goose for the city.

Source: New York Post, “Speed cameras lead to almost 12,000 tickets near city schools,” Erin Calabrese and Bob Fredericks, March 28, 2014

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