NEW YORK -- Starting Monday, speed cameras throughout New York City will begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CBS2's Zinnia Maldonado has what you need to know before getting behind the wheel.
Currently, speed cameras are not legally allowed to operate during overnight hours or on the weekends. But starting Monday at 10 p.m. that's going to change.
The Department of Transportation says the goal of the speed camera program is to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries, which is why cameras throughout 750 school speed zones will now operate all day every day.
"It doesn't matter to me. You shouldn't be speeding anyways. So, I mean at 2 a.m. or 2 p.m., same thing, doesn't matter," Brooklyn driver Jason Dupont said.
The DOT reports that through December 2020, speeding at fixed-camera locations had fallen by an average of 72 percent and total injuries dropped 14 percent, although more than one-third of all non-highway traffic deaths took place in areas with cameras but during times they were not allowed to operate -- 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The decision to go all hours of the day and night has been met mostly with positive feedback from drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
"It's a good idea because I've seen a lot of accidents happen everywhere, so I feel like this is the perfect time to activate this," Upper Manhattan driver Moustapha Bah said.
"You want to prevent accidents, prevent pedestrians from getting hit, so if that's what it takes, I don't see it being a big issue," added Parth Patel of Hell's Kitchen.
"It'll definitely be a good thing because cars do run and go pretty fast here," said Alana Rogers of Manhattan.
But some who spoke to CBS2 said the violation is yet another hit to drivers' pockets.
"I feel like the city is getting enough money out of the drivers. It's just a pay cut for the drivers," said Dalim Ahmed of the Bronx.
If you're caught on camera going over the city's 25 mph speed limit, the ticket is going to cost you $50.
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