With one in four traffic-related deaths in New York City caused by speeding, state and local leaders are throwing their support behind a plan to install speed cameras at high-risk locations for five years.
As many as 40 speed cameras would be installed during the pilot program.
"Speeding is the number one cause of fatal crashes in New York City and we must do everything we can to prevent future fatalities," said speaker Christine Quinn. "Speed cameras are a smart detriment that will reduce speeding and help save lives."
The cameras in the pilot program would not photograph the driver or disseminate the license plate number of the vehicle.
Penalties for speeding would be set at $25 with a maximum penalty of $50 for speeding between 10 and 30 miles above the speed limit and $100 for speeding over 30 miles above the limit.
The legislation introduced by State Assembly Member Deborah Glicker and State Senator Andrew Lanza has the support of several city council members and the advocacy groups Transportation Alternatives and Tri-State Transportation Campaign.