Buffalo residents who were caught on camera speeding through work zones in the past month will receive warnings. But, soon, fines will be sent out rather than warnings. In September 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that allows New York to use cameras to catch people speeding in construction zones. There were more than 9 roads in Buffalo that were included in the state's automated speed enforcement program. There are 5 roads this week.

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These 9 Streets Had Automatic Speed Enforcement In Buffalo May 8-12, 2023

If you drove through any of the work zones in these areas last week and happened to travel above the speed limit, you may receive a warning from New York State.

1. 5/6/2023 5/12/2023 - NY Route 33 WB from Best St to Elm St, C. Buffalo Erie
2. 5/13/2023 5/13/2023 - NY Route 33 WB from Best St to Elm St, C. Buffalo Erie
3. 5/9/2023 5/12/2023 - NY Route 400 between Maple Road and Girdle Rd, T. Elma Erie
4. 5/12/2023 5/12/2023 - I-290 between I-990 and US Route 62, T. Amherst Erie
5. 5/11/2023 5/11/2023 - I-290 between NY Route 324 and I-990, T. Amherst Erie
6. 5/8/2023 5/9/2023 - NY Route 400 at Transit Rd Interchange, T. West Seneca Erie
7. 5/9/2023 5/9/2023 - 98 Scajaquada Corridor between Delaware Ave and Elmwood Ave, C. Buffalo Erie
8. 5/10/2023 5/12/2023 - 198 Scajaquada Corridor between Grant St and I-190, C. Buffalo Erie
9. 5/12/2023 5/12/2023 - 198 Scajaquada Corridor between Oak Grove and Loring Ave, C. Buffalo Erie

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Here Are The Locations For May 15-21, 2023 Where Buffalo Drivers Will Be Fined For Speeding

1. 5/15/2023 5/19/2023 - NY 400 Between Maple Road and Girdle Road Erie
2. 5/15/2023 5/17/2023 - NY 400 at Transit Road Interchange Erie
3. 5/18/2023 5/19/2023 - NY 5 at Union Ship Canal Bridge Erie
4. 5/20/2023 5/20/2023 - NY 33 WB from I-90 to Bailey Avenue Erie
5. 5/21/2023 5/21/2023 - NY 33 WB from I-90 to William Gaiter Parkway Erie

New York Launches Automatic Work Zone Speed Enforcement

New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1180-E allows for automated speed monitoring in certain construction zones around the state. The program, which is a joint effort by the State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Thruway Authority (NYSTA), will last for five years.

The NYSDOT and the NYSTA may impose a fine on the registered owner of a vehicle speeding in a work zone on a controlled access highway.

Because the speed detection is automated, the owner of the vehicle (the person who holds the registration) will receive the fine. So, if your family member or friend is driving your car, you will be the one held responsible.

New York Issues First Warnings Through Automatic Speed Enforcement Program

According to Syracuse.com, the New York State Thruway Authority is sending out 775 warnings to vehicle owners who were caught speeding in construction zones statewide. The New York State Department of Transportation is sending warnings to 3,500 drivers for speeding through 176 work zones.

Fines will be assessed starting tomorrow. Anyone caught traveling above the posted speed limit in a work zone after May 17, 2023, will receive an actual Notice of Liability, which will require the registered owner of the vehicle to pay a fine.

How Does New York State's Automated Speed Enforcement Program Work?

Here's how the program works:

1. An automated radar system will identify vehicles traveling at or above the posted speed limit, which will trigger the system to capture photos and the speed of the vehicle
2. A series of photos will be captured to show the distance and time of travel
3. Data - time, date, posted speed, vehicle speed, location, lane, and direction of travel - will be collected for the vehicle
4. License plate info will be collected and used to determine the registered owner of the vehicle
5. A New York State Certified Technician will review the violation and verify that the data is correct
6. A Notice of Liability is then generated and sent via first-class mail to the registered owner of the vehicle

There will be signage warning drivers that automated speed detection is being used in the area.

Photo by Morgane Le Breton on Unsplash
Photo by Morgane Le Breton on Unsplash

How Much Can Drivers Expect To Pay In Fines Issued By New York's Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program?

The 30-day warning period for drivers is about to end and now the fines will kick in.

First Violation: $50 fine
Second Violation: $75 fine (if within 18 months of the first violation)
Third Violation or More: $100 fine (if within 18 months of the first violation)

The owners of vehicles registered in New York State will receive their Notice of Liability within 14 business days. Vehicles registered to out-of-state owners will be sent within 45 business days. If the fine is not paid, a hold may be put on the vehicle's registration.

Will Points Be Added To Your Driver's License Due To The Violation?

Points will not be assessed against your driver’s license for any Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Violations. These penalties are civil in nature, with no criminal implications.

Will Your Insurance Company Be Notified About Your Violation?

No, Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement violations will not be sent to insurance companies.

Can You Dispute The Violation?

By logging into the violation processing website, violators can submit documentation for the reasons outlined as allowable defenses within the legislation.



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