Speed camera Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography

Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today announced that New York City’s speed cameras will begin operating 24/7 on Aug. 1, 2022, following a month-long public awareness campaign starting tomorrow to prepare drivers and all New Yorkers for the change.

The city’s 2,000 automated speed cameras were previously authorized by the state to operate only on weekdays, between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., missing the 59% of traffic fatalities that occurred when the cameras were previously required to be turned off. A state law signed last week by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul now allows the cameras to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speed cameras and automated traffic enforcement are proven, effective safety tools shown to reduce speeding by 72%.

The city’s automated enforcement program has been highly effective at both reducing speeding and changing driver behavior when cameras are active. Since the start of the speed camera program in 2014, speeding violations are down 72% on average at camera locations in the 750 school zones citywide during the hours they operate.

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