New York/Cameras/Main Discussion History

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, the limited legality of red light and speed cameras in New York is described in this page.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.

  • Report hidden police.png a mobile speed camera is a speed camera which is easily moved from place to place to be deployed in targeted enforcement areas. These should be reported as Hidden Police. These are usually mounted on the roof racks of vehicles which can be parked on the side, or on a service road to capture vehicle traffic in both directions in all lanes of that road. They issue tickets to vehicles traveling above the speed limit. New York City for example issues speed camera tickets to vehicles traveling at least 11 mph above the speed limit.
    Due to their nature of quickly changing locations, a police report will instantly alert other drivers in the area of targeted enforcement. In the details section you can type mobile speed camera. The long delay in reporting a camera, getting it approved on the map, and waiting for a tile update to take effect, makes it futile for these types of cameras.
  • Camera3true.png a dummy / fake red light camera should not be mapped in New York State, because they CANNOT issue tickets.
  • Other camera types, cameras or signs that either provide driver feedback or are used for traffic control. These devices CANNOT issue tickets and should not be mapped.