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Suffolk drops school speed zone cameras, Nassau may follow

Suffolk County officials have announced that the county will not implement its planned school zone speed camera program, and Nassau County is expected to follow suit. In a statement, a Suffolk County

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Dec 9, 2014, 4:24 AM

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Suffolk drops school speed zone cameras, Nassau may follow
Suffolk County officials have announced that the county will not implement its planned school zone speed camera program, and Nassau County is expected to follow suit.
In a statement, a Suffolk County spokesman says officials have determined that it's not in the county's best interests to implement the program.
"While Nassau rushed the program out within a few weeks, Suffolk set the program up for a year-and-a-half study to examine the pros and cons of the program prior to rolling it out," said county spokesman Justin Meyers. "Unlike Nassau, which balanced their budget based on revenue from the cameras, Suffolk County is not relying on speed camera revenue."
Suffolk County officials say that instead of installing cameras they will enhance safety by creating awareness, educating the public and examining at police enforcement around school zones.
Within an hour of the announcement from Suffolk, legislative leaders in Nassau announced that they are moving to repeal their own camera program. A formal announcement on legislation to scrap the cameras is expected Tuesday from Nassau Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and the Republican caucus.
Nassau Executive Ed Mangano says given Suffolk's actions, "the Nassau County Legislature will repeal the program as well."
Residents and some Democratic lawmakers have criticized Nassau's camera program, arguing that it was hastily implemented and seemed to be more of a cash-grab than a safety measure. Last week, Nassau County announced it would cut the hours its cameras were in operation.


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