Mapping the ‘Super Speeders’ of New York City

In January, a 52-year-old woman named Xiaohong Chen was hit and killed on her way home from the grocery store by a driver making a left turn on a corner in Brooklyn. The suspect, a 72-year-old man who stayed at the scene after, was later arrested and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian. When reporters dug deeper into his driving record, they found he’d collected 27 tickets issued by automated speed cameras since 2018…

In new data published this month by New York University transportation researcher Marcel Moran, “super speeders,” or drivers who clock over 100 infractions for going 10 miles per hour … or more above the speed limit, are gobbling up a greater share of New York City’s speed camera tickets each year. In 2020, when the city had 1,300 of the automated traffic enforcement devices scattered across the boroughs, only four drivers qualified for the title; by 2023, with almost double that number of cameras installed, that figure had ballooned to 186.

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