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Tickets Flowing Under Mayor's Speed Camera Plan

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Nearly a thousand drivers have been ticketed by the city's speed cameras since Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" traffic initiative took effect two weeks ago.

The Department of Transportation tells NY1 it has already issued 900 speeding violations since the cameras started sending out tickets instead of warnings on January 16.

There are currently six speed cameras up around the city so far, but Albany has approved the installation of up to 20.

During a Hot 97 radio interview Friday morning de Blasio said it shouldn't be up to the state and that the city needs to wrest control over speed cameras.

"Albany should not stand in the way of us doing what we have to do to protect our own people, there's going to be a lot more intersections that we've had problems with, that we hope to have speed cameras," de Blasio said.

In a statement, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says the speed camera program is putting drivers on notice that dangerous driving is not tolerated in the city.

"Speed cameras will help save lives and make our streets safer for pedestrians, especially children and seniors. And the de Blasio Administration is intent on expanding their use at critical intersections throughout the five boroughs," Trottenberg said.

Some city residents who spoke with NY1 say they're ecstatic that the new program is already seeing results.

"I see traffic violations every day in my neighborhood and nobody's doing anything about it, so I'm all for it," said one New Yorker.

"Frankly, I think being in a lot of cabs in New York and cab drivers are always going probably over the speed limit, I don't even know what the speed limit is, but I think its going to get me to my destination slower so I have a problem with that. But overall its probably a good idea. There's a lot of reckless driving going on so I can't say its a bad idea at all," said another New Yorker.

The mayor's "Vision Zero" plan sets the idealistic goal of bringing the number of traffic deaths in the city down to zero within 10 years.

A group of city agencies is expected to present a traffic safety plan to the mayor by February 15.

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