New York City’s Speed Camera Program Costs over $164 Million Including an Operating Cost of $104 Million During Fiscal Year 2014 to 2019.

NYCDOT’s Speed Camera Program Estimates Its Capital and Operating Costs for Fiscal Years 2014-2019.

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Speeding is a leading cause of fatal traffic crashes. As part of its Vision Zero initiative,  the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) implemented a speed camera program, which uses radar and laser technology to measure a vehicle’s speed to provide enforcement that is proven to deter excessive speeding. The speed camera program started in January 2014 and was expanded in 2019 to deploy speed cameras in 750 school speed zones on all weekdays between 6 AM and 10 PM. NYC DOT completed the expansion of at least one camera in each of the 750 zones in June 2020. The system issues Notice of Liability (NOL) to drivers that exceed the speed limit by 10 miles per hour or more and records images of the vehicle and the license plate.  The fine associated with a speed camera NOL is $50. This report covers data from the program from its inception through December 2019. Data on crashes and their severity cover the program through December 2018.

The operation, capital, and total system costs of NYC speed camera program during fiscal year 2014 to 2019 are listed as follows:

Table 1 NYC Speed Camera Program Summary (Fiscal Year 2014–2019).

Operating Costs


Capital Costs


Total Costs