Updated 06/20/2012 03:40 PM
State Senator Proposes Installation Of Speeding Cameras
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Speeding drivers in the city may soon have a new reason to ease off the gas.
State Senator Andrew Lanza is pushing a bill calling for up to 40 cameras to monitor cars and ticket speeders automatically.
The technology is already in use in 12 states and Washington D.C.
The speed limit in the city is generally 30 mph.
One of the more compelling statistics presented in the bill for why speed cameras should be installed: A child hit by a car going 40 miles per hour stands a 70 percent chance of dying. If hit by a car going 30 miles per hour, that child earns an 80 percent chance of surviving.
New Yorkers who spoke with NY1 had mixed reactions to the idea.
"I still don't like the idea of being watched everywhere you go, but I see the good behind it as well," said one New Yorker.
"It's a very good thing," said another New Yorker. "Eighty people were killed on Queens Boulevard. The speed limit is 30. People are going 50, 60. The only time it slows down is when they start to write tickets."
Drivers who go more than 10 miles an hour over the limit would be fined $50.
Driving more than 30 miles an hour above the limit would result in a $100 fine.
According to the New York Times, drivers would not get points on their licenses.
The city already has 150 cameras that catch drivers who run red lights.