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City Starts Issuing Tickets From Speed Cameras

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Drivers who get caught by the city's speed cameras will start getting tickets Thursday instead of just warnings.

It's part of an effort announced Wednesday by Mayor de Blasio to try to cut the number of traffic deaths around the city.

The mayor laid out his "Vision Zero" plan in Woodside, Queens where an 8-year-old boy was struck and killed by a truck while on his way to school last month.

The city has six speed cameras up so far, and has Albany's approval to install up to 20.

De Blasio says the city should be able put up more cameras on its own.

"This is a right this city needs to have. We have to protect our people. We need to be able to do that quickly and in a focused manner. We should not have to constantly go to Albany and have our efforts limited when we're trying to protect our own people," de Blasio said.

As part of the mayor's plan, the NYPD is assigning more officers to its Highway Division.

De Blasio says he wants to create more 20 mph zones, and will work to improve safety at the city's 50 most dangerous intersections.

He's also asking a group of city agencies to map out a traffic safety plan by February 15.

There have already been 11 traffic related deaths in the city this year.

There were 286 in 2013, most of them pedestrians.

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