If you’re thinking about speeding through a work zone you better think twice as the state’s Automated Work Zone Speed Monitoring Pilot Program is now live.
The New York State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority announced the joint initiative yesterday. The goal is to better protect highway workers.
The system works by using radar to identify any vehicle traveling equal or faster than the posted speed limit, this will trigger the system to capture photos and the speed of the passing vehicle.
The series of images are then captured of the vehicle as it approaches and passes the speed camera, including two images of the rear of the vehicle to show distance and time of travel.
Data collected from the image include: the time, date, posted speed, vehicle speed, location, lane and the direction of travel. The license plate will provide information to identify the registered owner of the vehicle. This information then goes to a NYS Certified Technician who then reviews the violation and certifies the information collected is accurate.
The registered owner of the will then receive their “Notice of Violation” via mail. The first violation will be a $50 fine, second being $75 if within an 18-month period of the first violation, and the third and subsequent being a $100 fine if within the 18-month period. All fines are subject to late fees.
Work zones with cameras will have signage informing drivers that the area is a work zone speed enforcement zone.