You’ve heard the refrain to that old song about how you have to go “over the hills and through the woods” to Grandma’s house for a holiday visit. In today’s world, it’s more likely that you have to travel across the state or even to another state for that annual visit, instead.
If you aren’t careful, you could end up with a hefty ticket because of a traffic camera.
Are traffic cameras legal in New York?
Every state has different rules when it comes to traffic cameras — and the rules may change even from jurisdiction to jurisdiction thanks to local ordinances. That can make it difficult to anticipate the presence of traffic cameras if you are driving through an unfamiliar area.
In New York, traffic cameras are permitted in heavily-populated areas and by local ordinance only in school zones. Since you may not spot the camera, it is wisest to assume that there is always one around whenever you see a sign announcing a school in the area or school crossings.
When can you get a ticket from a traffic camera?
If you are driving more than 10 miles per hour over the posted limit between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. during the week (Mondays through Fridays), you can get a ticket from a traffic camera. That holds true even when school is not in session — so don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s okay to speed a little when the schools are closed for the holidays.
Also, you should keep in mind that the owner of the car will get the ticket — whether they were driving or not.
If you were issued a speeding ticket based on information from a traffic camera, you can fight it. A local New York attorney can help.