Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that a new pilot program designed to slow down speeding cars in school zones will kick off Sept. 9 in a handful of schools across the five boroughs.
The five-year pilot program was signed into law earlier this summer by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and is designed to help ease parents' minds while their children commute to school in high-traffic areas.
“Our streets are the safest they have ever been, due in large part to our enforcement efforts and innovative traffic engineering that have brought traffic fatalities to record lows," Bloomberg said Monday. "Curbing speeding around schools will help us continue to make our city’s streets safer for everyone.”
The city has not yet revealed which schools will receive early access into the program, but the speed cameras themselves will be both fixed and mobile, allowing the Department of Transportation to move some of the cameras if necessary.
Placement will be based on a number of factors, including speeding trouble spots, crash data and more. Speeding drivers caught by the camera will receive $50 tickets for each offense.
Patch will update the story when camera locations are released.