New York, New York Speed Traps
Automated camera monitoring speed on the West Side Highway northbound after the intersection with 11th avenue (40°44’58.8″N 74°00’29.4″W). Although the Highway is expressway, the speed limit has been lowered to 30 mph, and the city states that the camera is in a “school zone” because there is a school within a quarter mile of the camera (NYS VTL s1180-b). There is a sign posted on the intersection with 11th avenue that states ‘photo enforced’ but it is too small to be legible and combined with other signs and close to a crosswalk making it easy to miss. The sign results in a civil notice with a $50 fine but no points.
State police and City Highway police use this stretch of the highway as a favorite spot to catch speeders. They usually sit on the right hand side of the road with their radar on. Occasionally they will park perpendicular to the on coming traffic with their hand held laser guns facing out the drivers side window. Sometimes they are in unmarked vehicles, other times they are in patrol cars. If traffic is light the average speed drivers hit is 60, even though it is posted as 50. If you are going 62 and over you risk being pulled over.
Highway speed is 50 MPH. The exit and stretch of road up the hill is a 25 MPH zone and is posted on the LEFT side of the road. The cruiser sits on the right side and looks like a parked car.
After leaving the Sky View shopping mall located at College Point Blvd and Roosevelt Avenue, I headed left across the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge to get to the parkway. Hiding between one of the posts was a cop with a radar gun. There are no cross-streets, no stores, nothing to indicate that it is still a 25 mph zone. But they caught me going 41.
When you are heading south on the Cross Island Park, and as soon as you pass under the bridge there are three spots where I’ve spotted the NYPD highway patrol on numerous occasions.
1. Right after you pass on entrance ramp to the PKWY from the Throggs Neck Bridge, there is a down slope where you will pick up speed. Keep your speed down because right after the tree line ends where the Bell Blvd on ra