Lawmaker proposes bill to add speed cameras on the Southern State to improve safety
A Long Island lawmaker has proposed a bill to add speed cameras on the Southern State Parkway as part of a broader plan to improve safety on a parkway known for claiming lives.
If passed, the bill would deem the 25-mile stretch of parkway a safety corridor in order to allow increased patrols and speed cameras.
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Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages introduced the bill, and it's not the first time such a proposal has been brought forward.
"We have to do something about the Southern State," says Solages. "We can't just sit back and say it's driver behavior. We have the ability to increase enforcement and use traffic control measures to slow down traffic and ensure New Yorkers get to their destinations in a safe manner."
A recent study by the Long Island Contractors' Association showed that there were more than 30,000 accidents on the parkway from 2012 to 2019. Thousands of those accidents resulted in injuries or fatalities.
An accident in March claimed the life of a teen from Babylon.
Solages says she modeled the bill after other states like Arizona and Maryland, which have seen a decrease in fatalities after such a designation. She says that she is open to making changes to the bill but hopes this legislation will start a conversation about safety.