Garden City asks state for permission to install speed cameras
Garden City wants to place up to five speed cameras around the village.
Resident Heather Peavey says people often speed down Franklin Avenue, one of the village's busiest roads.
"For sure, this area is a real problem," she says.
That's because she often crosses the road with her two young children.
Village officials say they want to put speed cameras on the road to discourage speeders. The board of trustees voted unanimously to ask the state Legislature for permission to have up to five such cameras. The locations of the proposed cameras are not yet available. It's possible that some would be permanently fixed in one spot and others mobile.
Residents say they like the idea.
"It's a pass-through for everyone else," says Rich Hay. "They speed through these side streets like you wouldn't believe."
But critics say it reminds them of Nassau County's failed attempt to use similar speed cameras. A short-lived program in 2014 was quickly canceled after prompting an uproar among residents.
And critics also say that the proposed $150 fines for violations amount to a cash grab for the village coffers.