Unsafe Speeds at 2000+ Schools

#EverySchool in NYC needs to be protected by a speed safety camera.

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The #EverySchool Campaign is a project of Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets

Speeding is the #1 cause of traffic fatalities in New York.

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Cameras are limited to 140 school zones in NYC.

For 2015 (NYC DOT)

Speed safety cameras are fair.

Speed safety cameras are not for generating revenue

Speeding kills more New Yorkers than drunk drivers and drivers on cell phones combined.

Tell Your Story

Explain what it’s like for your child to get to school. Add your personal story and your voice could have a big effect on state legislators who are debating speed safety cameras and the #EverySchool Campaign.

Stories

“My son is a student at M.S. 51, on often-dangerous Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. He gets to school around 8:30 in the morning, heads out to the neighborhood for lunch release mid-day, and leaves school sometimes as late as 6 pm. When he's outside of the school building, regardless of time of day, he sees drivers speeding on Fifth and not driving safely, and I feel his life's in danger.

His school — and every school in New York City — needs to have speed cameras set up in and around the community so students can stay safe. His school — and every school in New York City — needs those cameras on at all times throughout the day and into the evening to help enforce the law. If we as New Yorkers truly care about our kids, every school — all 2,000+ of them — must have speed cameras so our children stay alive and healthy.”

— David Herman, Brooklyn

“My daughter is 7. Twice a day my family is threatened by speeding drivers walking 8 blocks to our neighborhood school. Drivers fly down our streets seeking to avoid traffic, without regard for the safety of vulnerable road users near schools. Kids should be safe in and around schools—speed cameras would go along ways to take our streets back from speeders.”

— Toby Sheppard Bloch, Queens

Speeding violations have dropped 50% on average where speed safety cameras are installed.

For Parents

 

There is nothing more important than your child’s safety. Right now, more than 1 million New York City schoolkids are at risk.

Traffic crashes are the #1 cause of injury-related death for children in New York City, but only 7% of New York City schools are protected by speed safety cameras.

How parents can help the #EverySchool Campaign:

1. If you haven’t already, send a message to your state legislators asking them to support speed safety cameras for every New York City school.

2. Send an email to other parents or print out this paper petition.  Mail any completed petitions to: Transportation Alternatives, 111 John Street, Suite 260, New York, NY 10038 and we’ll make sure the message gets to legislators.

3. Ask your PTA, daycare, church, synagogue, or mosque to sign on to the #EverySchool Coalition.  pledge your organization’s support, or find informational materials to share with other parents.

4. Tell your story. Testimonials from parents about dangerous speeding are very important.

Right now, over 1 million NYC students are not protected by speed safety cameras.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does New York City’s current speed safety camera program work?

Today, there are speed safety cameras in 140 NYC school zones, as limited by state law. If the safety camera’s radar finds that a vehicle is exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph, the camera captures images of the vehicle and license plate. There are 140 speed safety cameras in operation today.

The cameras are operated by the new York City Department of Transportation, and images are reviewed by trained staff technicians for accuracy. If the technician can verify that the vehicle exceeded the speed limit by more than 10 mph within a school speed zone on a school day, either during school hours, including one hour before and after the school day, or during student activities at the school, including 30 minutes before and after the activities, they will issue a ticket for $50.

What does the #EverySchool campaign want?

Backed by the Every School Coalition, including Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets, and thousands of parents, we are asking for speed safety cameras for all 2000+ New York City schools, and that those cameras be switched on 24 hours a day, to discourage speeding at all hours. We are also asking for changing the distance from a school within which cameras can be placed to ¼ mile radius, and for the cameras to be allowed to operate after July 2018.

Aren’t speed cameras just a source of revenue for the city?

Speed safety cameras are installed to reduce dangerous speeding by drivers. A person hit by a car going 20 mph is nine times more likely to survive compared to a car going 30 mph. In New York City motor vehicles is the leading cause of injury related death for children. We know that in locations where cameras have been installed, speeding violations have dropped by 60%.

We know that in locations with cameras, speeding violations have dropped by 50% and injury-crashes by more than 13%.

Why not announce camera locations?

Though it is illegal to exceed the speed limit anywhere in the City of New York, the number of speed safety cameras in operation is limited to 140, protecting only a small percentage of New York City’s school zones. To help these few cameras discourage widespread speeding, camera locations are generally not announced.

Can a speed safety camera ticket cause higher insurance payments or points on a driver’s license?

No. Unlike a speeding ticket issued by a police officer, speed safety camera tickets are not used by insurance companies, nor do they incur points on the driver’s license.

Do speed safety cameras photograph every vehicle that passes by them?

No. Speed safety cameras only photograph vehicles that exceed the speed limit by more than 10 mph and within the locations and hours where speed safety cameras are permitted to operate.

What if a speed safety camera issues a ticket erroneously?

Cameras are only triggered when the speed limit is exceeded. Equipment is evaluated regularly to ensure radar is collecting precise and accurate measurements.

The camera technology is capable of distinguishing between speeding vehicles and other, nearby vehicles, and gives drivers the benefit of the doubt, declining to issue a ticket if it is unclear which vehicle is exceeding the speed limit. Technicians who review speed camera violations do the same, rejecting all tickets where it is not readily evident which vehicle exceeded the speed limit.

What if someone else was driving my car when the violation occurred?

New York State law requires vehicle owners to be responsible for speed safety camera tickets. If your vehicle was stolen, you may provide a police report to contest the $50 fine.

Aren’t speed safety cameras unfair?

No. Drivers are only ticketed when they speed by at least 10 mph over the speed limit, and only asked to pay $50 civil fine, far less than the fine for speeding when the ticket is issued by a police officer. For comparison, a bicyclist is ticketed $190 for running a red light and can risk being sent to jail for riding on the sidewalk.

Tickets given by speed safety cameras do not put points on the driver’s license, unlike tickets issued by police officers. Plus, speed safety cameras only monitor the speeding car, not the driver’s age, race or gender.

Why not wait until the current program expires in 2018?

Right now, New York City is operating cameras at 140 school locations. Already, these have proven to be highly effective, with incidents of speeding dropping 50% and injuries by more than 13%. .

With over 2,000 schools and more than 1 million students unprotected, we need speed safety cameras for every school now.

Speed safety cameras caught over 1 million speeders in 2015. NYPD officers caught less than 135,000.

Join The Coalition

Parent groups and community organizations are standing up to protect kids against speeding. If your organization believes that New York City kids should be protected from speeding drivers, you can join the #EverySchool Coalition.

Read the #EverySchool Coalition letter.

Supporting Dignitaries

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown

NYS Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry

NYS Assembly Member Charles Barron

NYS Assembly Member Michael Blake

NYS Assembly Member Michael Benedetto

NYS Assembly Member Rodneyese Bichotte

NYS Assembly Member Robert Carroll

NYS Assembly Member Vivian Cook

NYS Assembly Member Marcos Crespo

NYS Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz

NYS Assembly Member Michael DenDekker

NYS Assembly Member Inez Dickens

NYS Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz

NYS Assembly Member Anthony D’Urso

NYS Assembly Member Herman Farrell

NYS Assembly Member Sandy Galef

NYS Assembly Member Deborah Glick

NYS Assembly Member Richard Gottfried

NYS Assembly Member Pamela Harris

NYS Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman

NYS Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi

NYS Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee

NYS Assembly Member Latoya Joyner

NYS Assembly Member Ron Kim

NYS Assembly Member Joseph Lentol

NYS Assembly Member Michael Miller

NYS Assembly Member Walter Mosley

NYS Assembly Member Catherine Nolan

NYS Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell

NYS Assembly Member Félix Ortiz

NYS Assembly Member Amy Paulin

NYS Assembly Member Christine Pellegrino

NYS Assembly Member Victor Pichardo

NYS Assembly Member Dan Quart

NYS Assembly Member Jose Rivera

NYS Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez

NYS Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa

NYS Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal

NYS Assembly Member Nily Rozic

NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright

NYS Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda

NYS Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz

NYS Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon

NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas

NYS Assembly Member Fred Thiele

NYS Assembly Member Michele Titus

NYS Assembly Member Clyde Vanel

NYS Assembly Member Helene Weinstein

NYS Assembly Member Jaime Williams

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

US Congress Member Grace Meng

NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo

NYS Senator Marisol Alcantara

NYS Senator Tony Avella

NYS Senator Jamaal Bailey

NYS Senator Neil Breslin

NYS Senator John Brooks

NYS Senator David Carlucci

NYS Senator Leroy Comrie

NYS Senator Martin M. Dilan

NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman

NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky

NYS Senator Timothy Kennedy

NYS Senator Jeffrey Klein

NYS Senator Liz Krueger

NYS Senator George Latimer

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery

NYS Senator Jose Peralta

NYS Senator Patricia Ritchie

NYS Senator James Sanders

NYS Senator Diane Savino

NYS Senator Daniel Squadron

NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky

NYS Senator David Valesky

NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

NYC Council Member Fernando Cabrera

NYC Council Member Margaret Chin

NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen

NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides

NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

NYC Council Member Daniel Garodnick

NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson

NYC Council Member Corey Johnson

NYC Council Member Ben Kallos

NYC Council Member Andy King

NYC Council Member Peter Koo

NYC Council Member Brad Lander

NYC Council Member Stephen Levin

NYC Council Member Mark Levine

NYC Council Member Alan Maisel

NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca

NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez

NYC Council Member Annabel Palma

NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso

NYC Council Member Donovan Richards

NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal

NYC Council Member Rafael Salamanca

NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres

NYC Council Member James Vacca

Bob Kerrey, fmr. New School President and US Senator

Judge Karen S. Burstein

Hon. Debra Cooper, NYS Democratic Committee

Hon. Trudy L. Mason, Vice Chair, NYS Democratic Committee



Supporting Organizations

City/Statewide Organizations

AARP NYS

Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety

Center for Popular Democracy

Chancellor's Presidents Advisory Council (CPAC)

The Cooper Union

Council of School Supervisors and Admin. (CSA)

Citizens Committee for New York City

Good Shepherd Services

JCCA

LaGuardia Community College

Local 372 School Crossing Guards Union

Lighthouse Guild

MercyFirst

New York Academy of Medicine

New York League of Conservation Voters

New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

New York University

Pratt Center for Community Development

Save Kids Lives campaign (UN Road Safety Collaboration)

SCO Family of Services

Uber

United Federation of Teachers

United Neighborhood Houses

YMCA of Greater New York



Health

Bronx Health Link

Bronx Health REACH

Bronx House

NYU Langone Medical Center - Dept. of Population Health

Downtown Women OB/GYN Associates

Family Health Center of Harlem

Health Point Chiropractic and Nutrition

HeartShare Human Services of New York

Independence Care System

Institute for Family Health

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign

Montefiore Health System

Mount Sinai Health Systems

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA)

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

NYS Academy of Family Physicians - NYC Cty Chapter

Planned Parenthood of New York City

Slope Pediatrics

SBH Health System– St. Barnabas Hospital

Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness

StrataDx

Associations, Businesses and Organizations

A.R. Walker & Company

Academy for Careers in Television & Film

Appalachian Mountain Club New York-North Jersey Chapter

The Architects Council of New York (ACNY)

Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas

B.R.A.K.E.S. Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Big Reuse

Bike New York

Biking Public Project

Broadway Housing Communities

The Broadway Mall Association

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Bronx River Alliance

BronxWorks

The Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Brooklyn Heights Association

Brownsville Community Justice Center

Brownsville Partnership

Caldwell Enrichment Programs, Inc

CHEKPEDS

CIVITAS

Coalition for a Livable West Side

Community League of the Heights

Cooper Stock’s Way

Cyprus Hill Local Development Corp.

Dutch Kills Centraal

Easy Español

Families for Safe Streets

Five Borough Bike Club

Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

Friends of Morningside Park

Friends of Stryker Park

Generation Q - Queens House

Get Women Cycling

Gray Panthers NYC

Groundswell

Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.

HENRY’s Restaurant

Information for Action

Institute for Rational Urban Mobility

InTandem

Inwood Canoe Club

Island Voice

J. Liff Co.

Jackson Democratic Club

JCC Manhattan

JCC of Staten Island

Jewish Voice for Peace - New York City

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center

Kips Bay Neighborhood Alliance

Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center

Long Island Streets

L.I.C. Community Boathouse

Make Brooklyn Safer

Make Queens Safer

Maple Street Community Garden

NAG - Neighbors Allied for Good Growth

New York Bicycling Coalition

New York Bike Lawyers

New York Cycle Club

New Settlement Apartment Houses - Bronx

The New York Flyers

New York Walkers Club

New Yorkers for Parks

NYC Mechanical Gardens Bike Coop

Nikhil Badlani Foundation

The Noguchi Museum

The North Star Neighborhood Association

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. (NMIC)

Partnership for After School Education

Park Slope Neighbors

Park Slope Street Safety Partnership

Pomonok Senior Center

Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS)

Project for Public Spaces

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Dev. Council

Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Assn.

Queens Bike Initiative

Queens Community House

Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association

Redbeard Bikes

Recycle-A-Bicycle

Rego Park Alliance

Safe Roads Alliance

Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition

Silver Lake Park Conservancy

Socrates Sculpture Park

South Bronx Overall Economic Dev. Corp. (SoBRO)

Staten Island Athletic Club

Staten Island Bicycle Association

Staten Island MakerSpace

StartUp Box #SouthBronx

StreetsAcademy

The 145th Street Alliance

Transportation Alternatives

Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Vaccaro & White

Veselka

WE Bike NYC (Women's Empowerment through Bicycles)

Weeksville Heritage Center

West 75th Street Block Association

West 80s Neighborhood Association

West Side Federation of Community and Block Assos.

West End Preservation Society

Word Of Life International, Inc.



Schools and PTAs

Academy for Careers in Television and Film PTA

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education PTA

Bay Ridge Prep

The Beacon School Parents Association

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School

Brooklyn Kids Academy

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School PTSO

The Calhoun School

Community Education Council District 9 - Bronx

Community Health Academy of the Heights

School District 14 President’s Council (Brooklyn)

DREAM Charter School

El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice

Explore Charter School

Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School

Hastings-on-Hudson PTSA

IS 318 Academy of the Arts and Sciences

Immaculate Conception School - E. 151st Street, Bronx

Inwood Academy

Intermediate School 318

Mary McDowell Friends School

Metropolitan Montessori School

MS 2 Parkside Preparatory Academy

MS 50 John D. Wells

MS 51 William Alexander

MS 51 Parents Association

MS 447 The Math and Science Exploratory School PTA

NYC iSchool PTA

The New York International School

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School

Parkside Prep Academy

Poly Prep Country Day School

P141K At Is 71 School

PS 1 Courtlandt School PTA

PS 8 The Robert Fulton School PTA

PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen PTA

PS 18 John Peter Zenger PTA

PS 29 John M. Harrigan School

PS/MS 29 Melrose School PTA

PS/MS 31 the William Lloyd Garrison PTA

PS 34 Oliver H. Perry School

PS 39 Henry Bristow PTA

PS 58 Carroll School

PS 84(M) Lillian Weber School of the Arts

PS 84(M) Lillian Weber School of the Arts PTA

PS 87 William T. Sherman School PTA

PS 110 Florence Nightingale School PTA

PS 116 The Mary Lindley Murray School

PS 118 The Maurice Sendak Community School PTA

PS 130 The Parkside

PS 132 The Conselyea School

PS 133K William A. Butler PTA

PS K141 Brooklyn

PS 146 The Brooklyn New School PTA

PS 173 Fresh Meadows

PS 173 Fresh Meadows PTA

PS 261 Philip Livingston School

PS 294 The Walton Avenue School

PS 294 The Walton Avenue School PTA

PS 321 The William Penn School

PS 321 The William Penn School PTA

PS 373K The Brooklyn Transition Center

PS 705 Brooklyn Arts & Science Elementary School

Queens High School Presidents' Council (QHSPC)

South Brooklyn Community High School

The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation

The Renaissance Charter School

The Uni Project

VOICE Charter School of New York

Williamsburg Northside Schools

Williamsburg Northside Schools Parents Assn.

Faith-based Organizations

Abigail Jewels Vega Ministry

All Saints' Episcopal Church

American Ministerial Association

Bronx Clergy Task Force

B'nai Jeshurun

Catholic Guardian Services

Church of God's Children

Cosmopolitan Church of the Lord Jesus

Congregation Beth Elohim

Congregation Ramath Orah

Ebenezer United Pentecostal Church

Fulton Avenue Church of God

Hillcrest Jewish Center

Islamic Leadership School

Kehillat Tikvah: A Jewish Community of Hope

Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives

Mt. Zion CME Church

The New Generation Spirit Church of Jesus Christ

Park Slope Jewish Center

Russell Institutional CME Church

St. Augustine Our Lady of Victory Church

Temple Beth Shalom Hastings-on-Hudson

West End Synagogue

Youth Organizations

Art For A Start, NYC

Bronx Helpers After-School Program

Children’s Aid Society

The Child Center of NY

The Children's Village

Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy

Citizens’ Committee for Children of NY

Cub Scout Pack 174

Eden II Programs

I Challenge Myself

Ivy Day School

Leake and Watts Services

Graham Windham

Grand St. Settlement

Girl Scout Troop 3205

Girl Scout Troop 3257

Girl Scout Troop 3258

Girl Scout Troop 4088

Girl Scout Troop 4089

Read the #EverySchool Coalition letter.