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Advocates Walk To Demand State Senate Get NYC Speed Cameras Back On

August 02, 2018 - 4:04 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A group of advocates was walking a marathon Thursday to demand that the state Senate get back to Albany and turn back on the city’s speed camera program.

More than 100 speed cameras speed cameras in school zones were turned off on Wednesday of last week.

"My daughter was killed in Bushwick, Brooklyn," said Judy Kotic of Families for Safe Streets.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reported, the group plans to walk around the block 78 times, the length of a marathon passing right in front of state Sen. Marty Golden’s office.

"When you believe in something, you do it,” Kotic said. “No matter what, at least you try, and Senator Golden isn't even trying. He pretends like he is, but he's not."

Also present was Mary Beth Kelly, who lost her husband in a traffic accident.

"These speed cameras have saved countless number of New Yorkers' lives,” Kelly said. “We don't know who they are and prevention isn't sexy, but they have brought down speeding in those school districts by 63 percent."

The city school zone speed camera program expired last week after the state Senate failed to vote on an extension.