New 'Vision Zero' initiative allowing speed cameras to operate 24/7 in NYC would 'save lives': de Blasio

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday called on the New York State Legislature to allow New York City to operate speed cameras 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This new Vision Zero Initiative would get people to start slowing down and help save lives, de Blasio said.

"If you're not speeding, you're not getting a ticket," he added.

According to the mayor, 3/4 of traffic fatalities happen in times or places where there is no automated speed enforcement and over 1/3 of non-highway fatalities happening in school camera zones during hours that cameras cannot issue tickets.

"These facts speak volumes," de Blasio noted.

The mayor also said that the NYPD will be cracking down on drunken driving, especially during the holiday season.

"You're going to see the NYPD addressing drunk driving and making sure people understand there are real consequences."