Assemblyman DenDekker Introduces Speed Camera Legislation

April 7, 2016

Assemblyman DenDekker (D- East Elmhurst) has introduced two new pieces of legislation to increase the effectiveness of speed cameras, cracking down on unsafe drivers, and protecting New Yorkers from traffic-related injuries and fatalities. The proposals to improve pedestrian safety would eliminate the current time restrictions on the use of school speed cameras, and suspend the registration of a vehicle after five traffic camera violations.

Currently, the use of these speed monitoring devices in school areas is limited to periods of operational school hours, including one hour before and after the beginning and end of the school day. In addition, the speed cameras operate during student activities, and up to 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after these activities take place. The proposed legislation, which is sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta in the Senate, would remove this temporal limitation, and allow these speed cameras to be operational during hours when school is not in session.

The registration bill establishes that if a vehicle has five traffic camera violations in one year, then that vehicle’s registration will be suspended for six months. The suspension will begin five days after the notice of liability for the fifth violation has been mailed. This law would exempt rental cars, however, it does not exempt cars owned by businesses. Under current law, a moving violation cannot be issued for a traffic camera violation, only a fine can be issued to the owner of the car.

“The most important work we do as legislators is to protect the safety and well-being of our citizens. One way that we can do that is to hold reckless drivers accountable, which is what these two bills do,” said Assemblymember DenDekker. “Schools are safe places that attract students during all hours, including evenings and weekends. Lifting the time on speed cameras in school zones will ensure that these areas stay safe for kids all of the time, not just during school hours. The second bill suspends a car’s registration for six months if that car has five traffic camera violations in one year. This penalizes habitually dangerous drivers who create unnecessary risks in our communities. These bills help keep Queens, and all of New York, a safe place for pedestrians.”