A New York Department of Transportation speed camera in Brooklyn has racked up more than $70,000 worth of fines in a single day, according to department records.
The New York Post reports that the camera’s efficiency at nabbing speeders is drawing mixed reviews.
The camera is reportedly set to generate a ticket for anyone traveling more than 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 30 mph. Violators are sent a $50 ticket in the mail within 30 days.
On July 7 the camera sent out 1,551 such tickets, totaling $77,550 in fines.
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City Councilman Mark Treyger said that the camera’s location at the end of a busy Ocean Parkway exit ramp amounts to nothing more than a speed trap.
But Councilman Chaim Deutsch said he believed the camera is making the city’s roads safer.
“If anyone is speeding . . . they deserve a summons,” he said recently.
The DOT defended the camera’s position.
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“The ramp is approximately 400 feet long, a good amount of distance for drivers to adjust their speeds … Also, the 30 mph limit is posted at this location. So someone slowing from 50 to 40 mph, or from 45 to 35 would not receive a violation,” a department spokesperson told MyFox-New York.
There are 20 speed cameras in the city currently. The DOT said they have generated about 183,000 tickets and roughly $9.2 million in fines since January.
In June, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would allow the city, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, to install another 200 cameras near school zones.
New York City will get 120 of those cameras as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” campaign to reduce city-wide traffic fatalities, CBS-New York reported.
Cuomo’s office said the cameras were necessary, and cited data showing that a child struck by a car traveling at 40 mph faces a 70 percent chance of dying, while a child hit by a car going 30 mph faces a 20 percent chance of death.
“If you don’t break the law, you don’t have anything to worry about,” Cuomo said at the bill’s signing. “And if you’re speeding in front of a school, you should have something to worry about, because it is reckless. These cameras will save lives.”