Secret Cameras Coming To New York State Thruway, Fines If Caught
New York State officials are implementing cameras that will send fines to some drivers.
On Labor Day, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law that will allow for speed cameras to be placed across the New York State Thruway and New York State Department of Transportation locations in work zones.
Senate Bill S4682B "Relates to establishing a demonstration program implementing speed violation monitoring systems in work zones by means of photo devices."
Speed Cameras Being Installed on New York State Thruway and NYSDOT Locations
The pilot program will allow for 30 cameras to be placed at construction sites across the New York State Thruway and NYSDOT locations to catch speeding drivers.
The purpose of the bill is to create a pilot program placing speed cameras in work zones, which will establish the efficacy of using automatic speed monitoring systems for enforcement.
Since 1983, 57 workers have been killed by drivers on the New York State Thruway, WBFO reports.
"They have a proven track record of success in states where they have been implemented," CSEA Local 58 President Michael Osborne told WBFO.
After implementing speed cameras in Maryland the state reported 80 percent less speeding and a 50 percent drop in deaths, according to Osborne.
New York Drivers Will Be Fined If Caught By Speed Cameras In Work Zones
Drivers caught speeding through work zones will receive speeding fines in the mail.
"I’d certainly would not want one. I don’t think anyone wants one. I’d hope that would make people think more and bring down those tickets," NYS Thruway Maintenance Supervisor Craig Overcamp told WHAM on Thursday.
The New York State Director of Thruway Maintenance and Operations, Jim Konstalid, reports there was 175 work zone crashes on the New York State Thruway just last year. That's about one accident in a work zone on the Thruway every other day.
In 2021, there were also 200 crashes in work zones on state roads and bridges, according to Spectrum.
Speed Cameras Coming Soon To New York
The speed cameras will be installed in the near future. However, a timeline and their exact locations have not been announced.
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