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City Council Committee Holds Emergency Hearing To Turn Back On Speed Cameras

August 28, 2018 - 4:42 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The City Council on Tuesday held an emergency session of the Transportation Committee to authorize a bill – in the next the deal between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get speed cameras operating outside New York City schools again.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, Council Speaker Corey Johnson declared that children’s lives are at stake.

“This law will allow the city to issue violations for speeding in school zones,” Johnson said. “If you’re going more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, you’ll be hit with a $50 fine, and hopefully, you won’t do it again.”

The council measure will allow the cameras to be operating again by next Wednesday, Sept. 5 – the first day of school. Lizi Rahman, whose adult son, Asif, was killed by a truck on Queens Boulevard in 2008.

“And after this tragic loss, our house became silent as a grade. There is no laughter,” she said. “I strongly believe that speed cameras will ensure that the drivers drive with caution and lives are saved.”

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing the city to access Department of Motor Vehicles records of drivers caught speeding on cameras. The order provides New York City authority to implement the program ahead of the school year.

Speed cameras in 140 school zones throughout the five boroughs turned off on July 25, after the state Senate failed to pass legislation to renew the program.