Recently-announced mayoral candidate and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, along with Transportation Committe Chair Jimmy Vacca and Councilmembers Stephen Levin and Jimmy Van Bramer, announced their support for speed cameras today, something Tri-State and Transportation Alternatives have been calling for for over two years. At the press conference this morning, Speaker Quinn announced that the full City Council will vote soon on a home rule resolution in support of speed cameras. The New York State Legislature is considering a bill to establish a pilot speed camera program, and a supportive home rule resolution will indicate the City’s support for the program.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool also spoke at today’s press conference:
“New York City’s streets are not speedways, but the way people drive on them would suggest they are. Every day, countless drivers are exceeding the 30 mph speed limit on New York City’s streets. And, because enforcement is lax, the best we can say is “countless” because the number of speeding tickets issued is a travesty. But, what is certain is that vulnerable lives are put in jeopardy every minute because the speed limit is ignored.
When someone is hit by a car traveling 30 mph, there is an 80 percent chance they’ll live. Hit someone at 40 mph and there is a 70 percent chance they will die.
Our streets are used by children, seniors, the disabled, motorists and bicyclists who put their lives in the hands of reckless drivers the minute their feet touch New York City pavement. Sidewalks, crosswalks or pedestrian islands will not stop a car that loses control at 60 mph. But speed cameras are a strong deterrent to putting the foot to the metal throughout our city. It’s simple: speed cameras save lives. And every day speed cameras are absent from New York City streets is another day needless deaths are allowed. It’s time for the State Legislature to pass the bill allowing speed cameras in New York City.”
Speaker Quinn tweeted after the press conference: