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Governor Cuomo establishing speed camera program in school zones in Buffalo

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 7, 2019
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation establishing a speed camera program in school zones in the City of Buffalo, N.Y.
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The program allows the City of Buffalo to enforce speed limits in school zones using cameras that record speeding violations in real time without the need for a police officer at the scene.

The City can then use this evidence to impose liability on the owner of the vehicle for the speeding violation.

Speeding motorists are a pervasive problem in some areas of the City of Buffalo, especially in school zones, where children and families are more vulnerable to distracted, speeding drivers. Speed violations are also often a significant factor in accidents, which may result in death or injury to both motorists and pedestrians.

Under the current law, a police officer must be present at the scene of a speeding violation to observe the violation and serve the driver with a summons. This legislation will develop a system that will supplement police enforcement efforts by using technology to record speeding violations on film or other recording devices without an officer being present.

In 2013, Governor Cuomo signed legislation authorizing New York City to develop a program using camera technology to record and enforce speeding violations in school zones. Upon the program's expiration in July 2018, and after the Republican-controlled Senate failed to extend the authority before the end of the legislative session, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order allowing the city to impose the same fines authorized under the expired law and access data from the DMV to carry out the program for the 2018-19 school year. On May 12, 2019, the Governor signed legislation to reinstate the speed camera program in New York City and expand the number of authorized school speed zones from 140 to 750.

Since the activation of the cameras in New York City, the number of people killed or severely injured in crashes in school zones with speed cameras declined by 21 percent, and the rate of daily violations for excessive speeding has declined by over 60 percent.