Speed or photo enforcement cameras using photo radar are used in school zones in the state of New York. Cities that use speed cameras contract with various companies that concentrate in this field who then install and maintain the devices. In New York City, speed cameras are handled by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). An employee of the DOT reviews the photographs of the supposedly speeding vehicles and locates the registered owner with the license plate via the New York DMV. Once that is done, if you or someone driving your car was caught on camera speeding through a school zone, you will receive a notice in the mail sent to the address found on file at the DMV. You will also receive a letter.
It is a well-known fact that these photo enforcement devices bring in a considerable amount of revenue for the cities who use them. While they are purportedly used to save lives, speed cameras bring in large sums of money at low cost because no law enforcement personnel are needed nor is any other equipment. What to do if you receive a speed camera ticket? You will likely have several options. These can include paying the stated fine, going to traffic school at your expense, fighting the ticket in court, or stating who the actual driver was (and putting him or her on the line for the ticket) if you weren’t the actual driver.
More About Speed Cameras
Speed cameras are authorized to be used at 750 school speed zones in New York City. Speed camera tickets can be issued between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday all year. They are issued when a vehicle is caught speeding more than 10 miles per hour above the school zone limit. A speed limit sign that says the speed limit is photo enhanced is posted in advance of every speed camera. When caught speeding by a photo enforcement device, you will receive what is called a Notice of Liability within approximately two weeks.
Penalties for Speed Camera Tickets
The penalty for a speed camera ticket is $50. This is much less than a standard speeding ticket. These tickets do not cause points to be added to your driving record with the DMV. They also have no consequences for your auto insurance. Any speed camera ticket is processed by the New York City Department of Finance to whom you are required to respond within 30 days of receiving your Notice of Liability.
If you fail to respond in a timely manner, you will face late penalties and the accrual of interest until the ticket is paid or you contest it. Failure to pay may also result in having your car booted or towed.
If you wish to fight a speed camera ticket, various defenses may be raised on your behalf. A traffic ticket attorney at Stites Law can discuss this with you should you decide to go that route. As a law firm dedicated solely to traffic ticket defense in New York City, we have the knowledge and experience to know what questions to ask in court that can work in your favor.
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