In response to social media claims about automated ticketing on New York State highways, state officials clarified that these systems are solely for monitoring speed violations in active work zones.
This clarification comes amid a broader effort to improve road safety, particularly for highway workers. Governor Kathy Hochul’s office initiated the Automated Work Zone Speed Monitoring Pilot Program on April 17, aimed specifically at enforcing speed limits in construction and maintenance zones on the highways.
The program utilizes 30 speed violation monitoring systems equipped with RADAR technology. These systems are strategically placed, with 20 on roads maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and 10 on the New York State Thruway. Governor Hochul emphasized the importance of the initiative, stating it is “instrumental in encouraging safe driving habits in highway work zones and protecting the lives of those who help maintain a safe and reliable highway system.” The program underscores the state’s commitment to ensuring the safety of highway workers and all motorists.
Violations captured by these systems will result in fines, which are determined based on the frequency of offenses. The first violation incurs a $50 fine, followed by $75 for a second violation, and $100 for third and subsequent violations within 18 months of the first. The system captures license plate images and speed data, which are then sent to NYSDOT. Violation notices are issued by mail within a week of the incident. The press office assured that images of the driver or contents of the vehicle would not be documented. This measure is part of New York’s ongoing efforts to enhance road safety and reduce accidents, especially in vulnerable areas like work zones.
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