Suffolk school zone speed cam measures proposed

A Suffolk lawmaker is proposing legislation that would ensure the smooth rollout of school zone speed cameras. Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I - Montauk) says he doesn't want Suffolk County to repeat

News 12 Staff

Nov 19, 2014, 8:43 AM

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Suffolk school zone speed cam measures proposed
A Suffolk lawmaker is proposing legislation that would ensure the smooth rollout of school zone speed cameras.
Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I - Montauk) says he doesn't want Suffolk County to repeat the mistakes made in Nassau's botched roll out. He has proposed a bill to heighten awareness of the school speed zone cameras as soon as the system is rolled out next year.
The measure calls for flashing yellow lights and posted signs, warning drivers of the speed cameras in operation. It also provides a two-week grace period after the cameras go active where warning letters would be issued with no fee attached.
The bill would also require signs to be installed to make drivers aware of the photo enforced speed limit.
"I'm trying to be proactive to put these measures in place. I don't want the public to think this is about revenue collection," said Schneiderman.
The bill is expected to be voted on in a couple of weeks. The cameras will be rolled out by next fall.
Scheiderman says the speed cameras are expected to bring in $2.5 million in net revenue for Suffolk.
For months, many Nassau residents took to the streets and town hall meetings to protest the school speed zone cameras, calling the system deceptive and unfair.
Their main complaint has been the lack of proper signage to alert drivers of the speed camera locations. Many drivers were slapped with $80 tickets.
 


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