New Yorkers who drive above the speed limit may soon receive automated speeding tickets, thanks to the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program. This initiative is a collaboration between the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority, with the aim of reducing speeding in work zones on controlled access highways through the use of radar technology. Governor Kathy Hochul passed the legislation in 2021.
As of November 20, over a dozen locations in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island have begun implementing the radar technology, including spots on I-84, I-87, and I-495.
The system operates by using radar to detect vehicles going at or above the posted speed limit. If the radar is triggered, it takes a series of photos to capture the vehicle's speed, distance, time of travel, and other details such as the license plate, lane, and direction. Certified technicians review each violation before a ticket is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
First-time violators will receive a $50 fine, while a second violation within 18 months will result in a $75 fine. Third and subsequent violations within the same period will incur a $100 fine per violation. New Yorkers have 14 business days to pay the fine, while out-of-state residents have 45 business days. Fines can be paid online, by phone, or by mail, and can also be disputed online.
The collected fines will be used to cover program-related expenses, with any excess revenue being allocated towards work zone safety initiatives. The state will ensure visible signage is posted at each work zone speed enforcement location.