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Half of NYC’s speeding drivers are from out of town

Cars registered outside of New York City account for nearly half of all drivers caught by city speed cameras, Traffic Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said Monday.

Of the tens of thousands of speed camera tickets issued since the Big Apple started using them in 2014, 41 percent were issued to out-of-town vehicles, according to DOT figures.

And two-thirds of the transgressors lived at least three miles from where they committed the transgression.

“Most violators are not residents of the neighborhoods where the cameras are located,” Rodriguez told City Council members during a transit justice hearing.

Rodriguez and his colleagues at the Department of Transportation defended the cameras, which received some scrutiny from new council members.

Injuries and speeding went down after installation at camera sites, and “the majority” of drivers have committed no more than two camera violations, according to the DOT.

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The DOT says injuries and speeding in places with speed cameras have gone down.
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“When the speed cameras are installed in the area, there is a reduction in accidents,” said the commissioner. “No one should drive more than 25 miles per hour in New York City, regardless of their socioeconomic, racial or community background.”

“If our communities don’t want speed cameras [ticket]all they have to do is go 25 miles per hour,” the city’s primary speed limit, he said.

The Department of Transportation has dramatically expanded the number of cameras and camera zones as of 2019 — to around 750 locations across the city.

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Proceeds from speed cameras go to the New York City general fund.
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Proceeds from the cameras go entirely into the city’s general fund, DOT said — unlike other American cities where contractors receive a cut from the top.

Rodriguez has called on state legislatures to give the city of DOT full control over their cameras — which are currently restricted by state laws, including the times of day when to operate.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/half-of-speeding-motorists-in-nyc-from-out-of-town/ Half of NYC’s speeding drivers are from out of town

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