Speed Cameras and the City
Officials won’t say where they’ve placed NYC's controversial speed cameras.
But based on where and when tickets were issued, about half of them appear to be in fixed locations.
The rest are mounted on city vehicles and rove from place to place.
In 2014,471,625 speeding tickets were issued by speed cameras.
(Compared to 117,767 speeding tickets issued by officers.)
Speeding cameras issued $23,581,250 in fines.
Vehicle crashes near cameras declined 3.9%
Crashes with injuries near cameras declined 13.4% *
We've mapped approximate locations of speed cameras that have ticketed consistently as recently as January.
Inactive sites indicate roving cameras or fixed cameras no longer operating.
Speed Camera Styles
According to state law, NYC can put speed cameras anywhere in the city, as long as they're within a quarter-mile of a school. Ticketing data reveal three general types of locations used to position cameras.
What they look like
In 2014, at these locations:
Built by Jenny Ye, Louise Ma, Alan Palazzolo, Noah Veltman, John Keefe, Kat Aaron and Kio Stark / WNYC Data News Team.
Camera location photos by Dave Gershgorn, Richard Yeh and Stephen Nessen / WNYC.
Speed camera locations deduced from the locations of tickets listed in the NYC Department of Finance dataset of parking violations under violation code 36, "Photo School Zone Speeding Violation." (Photo tickets are, indeed, classified as parking tickets.) Reported locations can be vague, and the mapped locations are our best estimate. In some cases we combined some relatively close locations on the same stretch of road.We deemed a camera to be "active" if it was operating for more than 10 days in a fixed location in January 2015 up to Jan. 26, 2015 which is the last day of data used. Cameras can be turned off or moved at any time, so all "active" locations are estimates.
By state law, cameras only operate near schools on school days during school hours.
Dollar values were calculated from tickets issued, which are $50 each. That doesn't account for additional fees or tickets that were dismissed or decreased.
Information on hand-written speeding tickets calculated from NYPD monthly citywide reports.