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Speed Camera Program Complete in Time for First Day of School, DOT Says

By Anton K. Nilsson | September 8, 2015 6:52pm
 A DOT speed camera in Rockaway Beach
A DOT speed camera in Rockaway Beach
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EAST VILLAGE — The city's Department of Transportation has completed a program to install 140 speed cameras in school zones with known speeding issues, according to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

“Speed cameras are working to deter speeding drivers and as students head back to school, all 140 school zone locations for speed cameras will be activated,” she said in a statement.

The DOT installed cameras — which will only be active on school days — in areas with a history of crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorists during school hours. 

“DOT took a careful and comprehensive approach siting and installing speed cameras throughout the five boroughs," said Trottenberg.

Since the program started rolling out early last year, the city has issued more than 945,000 speed violations captured by the new cameras, according to the DOT. 

Daily violations have dropped by an average of 60 percent, according to the agency.