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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.
“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
“Our family moved to W. 97th Street four years ago, primarily to be within the closest possible walking distance to the public elementary school our two daughters attend. Now that they are 8 and 10 years old, it seems reasonable that they might walk together across the three short blocks to PS 163 themselves occasionally. Yet, due to the horrendous traffic conditions that prevail in our neighborhood, that is unthinkable. This short walk would take them through some of the deadliest intersections in New York City, where two children and multiple adults have already fallen victim to speeding or out-of-control vehicles. If speed cameras will help make drivers feel more accountable for the lives of pedestrians – of all ages – then there is no question that these should be installed immediately.”
— Valerie Kathawala, Manhattan
“My 11-year old son now commutes alone from the subway to his school, Metropolitan Montessori on West 85th Street. Although he’s been trained to walk defensively, stay on the curb, watch for turning cars, and to never (ever) have a device out while he’s walking, he has no control over driver behavior. How can we put the onus of safe commuting on the 11-year old, but not hold drivers responsible for their choices? A speeding driver on West End Avenue could change our lives in an instant, and that’s not ok with me. Speed cameras would hold drivers responsible and allow school children and their families the peace of mind we all deserve.”
“My 13-year old daughter commutes alone from the subway to her school, Avenues: The World School on 10th Avenue in Chelsea. While walking, she has to cross four Avenues, all of which are fast-moving arteries through the Chelsea neighborhood (7th Avenue, 8th Avenue, 9th Avenue, and 10th Avenue). 10th Avenue is especially terrifying, because of both the speeds of the vehicles and the number of large trucks. With speed cameras, drivers would be forced to change their behavior and realize that they are putting lives, many of them school children, at risk. It’s a simple change of behavior that could save lives and create a saner commute for all.”
— Lisa Sladkus, Manhattan
“My 13 year-old son commutes each day by scooter from our home on 97th Street and Columbus Avenue to the Cathedral School on 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Many of his classmates also commute on foot. Last spring, an adult pedestrian was killed by a bus right by the school entrance. While that fatality did not involve speeding, it showed us that pedestrians — especially youngsters just beginning to commute on their own — are extremely vulnerable. This fall, my son’s school hosted a street safety advocate, who spoke with students about how to protect themselves when walking the streets — by waiting for the light, being aware of turning cars, etc. Drivers must be held accountable, too. Millions of people walk New York City’s streets each and every day, making this one of the most unique and livable places in the world. Quite simply, pedestrians deserve more peace of mind, and to this end, I fully support increasing the number of speed cameras to help keep drivers accountable.”
— Edie Owen, Manhattan
“My son Oscar is eight, my daughter Madeleine is four. They travel to their school, Central Park East II in Manhattan, every day either by foot or by bike. To get there, they need to cross or ride on a number of busy streets where drivers seem to see any opening as a reason to speed. This is made even more treacherous by the fact that drivers seem to see a yellow signal as an excuse to go even faster—”to make the light,” as if going one block farther will make all the difference in their day. We need speed cameras outside schools to help discourage this reckless and deadly habit.”
— J.P. Partland, Manhattan
“When you are a kid growing up in New York City, you learn the rules of the street, and you follow them. But as my very wise teenager says, no matter how much you follow the rules, when you are walking across the street, your life is in someone else’s hands, and most of those hands are on the steering wheel of a car. When drivers are speeding, they aren’t following the rules, and when rules are broken, people get hurt. Especially the people walking across the street.
Kids are crossing streets across this city, and we owe it to them to keep them safe. We need speed cameras to do this, because not everybody follows the rules.”
— Hilda Cohen, Brooklyn
“At PS139 kids I see kids as young as 7 walking home by themselves. On Booth Street, cars dare sometimes speeding by to get on 63rd Drive. A camera would help with enforcement of safety zone rules. ”
— Richard West, Queens
“At PS 175 cars sometimes cars go incredibly fast. What makes it it worse is there is also a playground open to the public. I think more cameras mean more enforcement. Sometimes people just don’t obey the laws unless they have a financial incentive.”
— Yvonne Shortt, Queens
There is nothing more important than your child’s and students’ safety. Right now, more than 1 million New York City schoolkids are at heightened risk.
Traffic crashes are a leading cause of injury-related death for children in New York City, but less than 10% of New York City schools are protected by speed safety cameras.
1. For teachers, PTA leaders, and student organizers, Families for Safe Streets has developed a student letter-writing and social media engagement kit, that also helps teach students about New York State government, how legislation is passed and traffic violence.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Tell your story. Testimonials from parents about dangerous speeding are very important.
How does New York City’s current speed safety camera program work?
NYC’s speed safety camera program is administered by the NYC Department of Transportation (not the NYPD). It uses the same radar and laser technology relied upon by law enforcement to measure a vehicle’s speed. Only if a laser-radar finds that a vehicle is exceeding the speed limit by more than ten miles per hour will it take images of the vehicle and the license plate. Images of the driver are not captured.
The violation is reviewed by a trained DOT staff technician. If the technician verifies that the identified vehicle was exceeding the speed limit by more than ten miles per hour, a ticket will be issued, provided that the speeding occurred within a school speed zone on a school day while a school speed limit was in effect (typically between 7AM and 6PM).
Under current state law, NYC can have cameras at a maximum of 140 school locations, so-called “school speed zones.” About two-thirds of cameras are fixed and remain in place, while about one-third are mobile and are moved between school zones. At any given time cameras are in operation at no more than 140 school zones.
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 by as many schools as possible in New York City where speeding and crashes occur.
We currently back state legislation (S6046-C/A7798-C) that would allow speed safety cameras to operate in 290 school zones in New York City (up from the current 140) at a quarter mile from each such school, and would extend the program through 2022. Additionally, the legislation would prohibit cameras within 300 feet of a highway exit ramp, and would require signage within 300 feet of a camera to alert approaching drivers.
Aren’t speed cameras just a source of revenue for the city?
Speed safety cameras are installed to deter dangerous speeding by drivers. The only goal is to reduce injuries and fatalities.
Tickets from speed safety cameras generate revenue, just like tickets issued by NYPD and parking officers for speeding and illegal parking. In cities where cameras are used, including New York City, the revenue goes down over time because speeding goes down – with each camera issuing fewer tickets when drivers moderate their dangerous driving. The goal is to reach zero dollars in revenue as drivers stop speeding, not to make money. This is why New York City does not tie revenue from cameras to specific budget items.
Camera tickets are $50, compared to over $200 in other cities and $190 when a cyclist runs a red light in NYC. Failure to pick up canine waste carries a $250 fine in NYC.
Which schools can have cameras?
Currently, speed safety cameras can be placed near just 140 of any K-12 school in New York City, including public, charter, private and parochial schools. Current state law allows no more than 7% of K-12 schools to have speed safety cameras.
Citywide, there are 1,835 public and charter schools and 811 private and parochial schools. The city’s speed safety camera program allows cameras in so-called “school speed zones”, defined as a ¼ mile stretch of road abutting a school. Since some schools share facilities and others are located in close proximity, we estimate the city has at least 2,000 schools in at least 1,400 school speed zones.
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 within a school zone during school hours.
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 which can exceed $500. 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.
We don’t need more surveillance cameras in the city – don’t cameras add to this problem?
Speed safety cameras are not the problem. The NYPD operates more than 8,000 surveillance cameras throughout the city, every day, monitoring sidewalks, roads and other locations. Additionally, there are tens of thousands closed circuit cameras in stores, capturing images on both private and public property. Those cameras tend to record all the time and also lack the robust privacy protections of the speed camera program.
In stark contrast, there are currently just over 200 speed safety cameras (at 140 locations). With an expansion there would still be just a fraction compared to other cameras. Additionally, speed cameras only record an image when a laser detects that a vehicle on a road exceeds the speed limit by more than 10 mph, otherwise it doesn’t record or capture any images. Finally, the images captured by speed safety cameras do not capture any personal identifying features.
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.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark
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Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown
NYS Assembly Member Carmen Arroyo
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US Congress Member Grace Meng
NYC Public Advocate Letitia James
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NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson
NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
NYC Council Member Justin Brannan
NYC Council Member Fernando Cabrera
NYC Council Member Margaret Chin
NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen
NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides
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NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson
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NYC Council Member Mark Levine
NYC Council Member Alan Maisel
NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca
NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez
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 Mark Treyger
Judge Karen S. Burstein
Bob Kerrey, fmr. New School President and US Senator
Hon. Debra Cooper, NYS Democratic Committee
Hon. Trudy L. Mason, Vice Chair, NYS Democratic Cmtee
Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety
Center for Popular Democracy
Chancellor’s Presidents Advisory Council (CPAC)
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
The Cooper Union
Council of School Supervisors and Admin. (CSA)
Citizens Committee for New York City
Good Shepherd Services
LaGuardia Community College
Local 372 School Crossing Guards Union
MASK (Mothers and Fathers Aligned Saving Kids)
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
UJA Federation of New York
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YMCA of Greater New York
Bronx Health Link
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Family Health Center of Harlem
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HeartShare Human Services of New York
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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
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
NYS Academy of Family Physicians – NYC Cty Chapter
NYU Langone Health
Planned Parenthood of New York City
SBH Health System– St. Barnabas Hospital
Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness
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
Bike New York
Biking Public Project
Broadway Housing Communities
The Broadway Mall Association
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx River Alliance
The Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Brooklyn Heights Association
Brownsville Community Justice Center
Caldwell Enrichment Programs, Inc
Coalition for a Livable West Side
Community League of the Heights
Cooper Stock’s Way
Cyprus Hill Local Development Corp.
Dutch Kills Centraal
Families for Safe Streets
Five Borough Bike Club
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park
Friends of Morningside Park
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Generation Q – Queens House
Get Women Cycling
Gray Panthers NYC
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Institute for Rational Urban Mobility
Inwood Canoe Club
J. Liff Co.
Jackson Democratic Club
JCC of Staten Island
Jewish Voice for Peace – New York City
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
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Long Island Streets
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Maple Street Community Garden
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New York Bicycling Coalition
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New Settlement Apartment Houses – Bronx
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New Yorkers for Parks
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Nikhil Badlani Foundation
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Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. (NMIC)
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Prospect Heights Neighborhood Dev. Council
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Queens Bike Initiative
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Community Education Council District 9 – Bronx
Community Health Academy of the Heights
School District 14 President’s Council (Brooklyn)
DREAM Charter School
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Gerrer Yeshiva Mesivta Bais Yisroel
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International Academy of New York
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MS 50 John D. Wells
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THE POINT Community Development Corporation
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Dear New York State Legislator,
New York City is on pace to lose as many children in traffic crashes in 2018 as in the prior two years combined. On behalf of the EverySchool coalition, we urge you to help ensure enactment of state legislation that will help bring the life-saving protection of speed safety cameras to more New York City students and schools – improving an already successful speed camera program. Last year, the Assembly passed A7798-B. This year, we need both Senate and Assembly passage.
Between 2010 and 2014 more than 16,000 people were either killed or severely injured in traffic on NYC streets. Speeding kills more New Yorkers than drunk driving and cell phone use combined, while motor vehicles remain a leading cause of injury-related death for our children. In recognition of this tragic trend, you and your colleagues first authorized speed enforcement cameras for 20 school zones in NYC as a demonstration program in 2013. Because of its success, in 2014 you expanded the program to 140 school zones in the city.
The existing limited program has been overwhelmingly effective: Speeding violations have dropped 63% and pedestrian crash-injuries are down more than 23% in locations with speed safety cameras. 81% of vehicle owners ticketed in school zones do not receive a second violation at the same location within at least two years.
Yet today, despite the program’s effectiveness, under state law cameras are prevented from operating at the times and locations where 85% of traffic fatalities and severe injuries occur: Cameras are only allowed to operate at 140 school zones even though there are more than 2,000 schools – preventing more than 90% of New York City’s schools the life-saving benefits of speed safety cameras, and forcing the DOT to ration this proven vaccine to select neighborhoods.
Please support this legislation to protect more New York students and communities.
The few speed safety cameras already in operation are making major safety gains, reducing injury-crashes, preserving police resources and avoiding dangerous police traffic stops. Vehicle owners are ticketed just $50 and only when the speed limit is exceeded by more than 10 mph during school hours. Drivers do not receive points on their license, cameras only capture the vehicle – they do not monitor the race, age or gender of the driver; and dangerous high-speed police vehicle pursuits are avoided – to the benefit of all road users.
The proposed legislation would allow speed safety cameras to operate in significantly more NYC school zones than the current 140 allowed, it would allow cameras to operate a quarter mile from each such school, and would extend the program to prevent it from expiring in 2018. Additionally, the legislation would prohibit cameras within 300 feet of a highway exit ramp, and would require signage within 300 feet of a school location to alert drivers of upcoming cameras.
Last year, the Assembly passed A7798-B. This year, we need both Senate and Assembly passage! Please stand up for NYC students and prevent rationing cameras to just 140 school zones of this effective and fair technology – a proven vaccine to the lethal epidemic of speeding.
Please help enact speed safety camera legislation for NYC students this session!
Families for Safe Streets