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De Blasio To Albany: Renew Speed Camera Legislation

May 30, 2018 - 2:57 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- If Albany does not act soon, legislation authorizing the use of speed cameras near New York City schools will expire.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasized the continuing need for speed cams as he stood at the corner of 9th Street and Fifth avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where 1-year-old Joshua Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein were killed by a car in March.

De Blasio noted that speeding drops by 63 percent when a camera is in use.

“If Albany does not act in the next few weeks, there will no longer be speed cameras ins school zones protecting our children,” de Blasio said.

City Councilman Brad Lander (D-39th) underlined that speed cams are not speed traps of which people are unaware.

“Speeding goes down because people know that cameras are there, and they stop speeding and the crashes go down, and they stop putting lives in harm’s way,” Lander said. “And if Albany can’t get it together to renew legislation and expand legislation that we have proof saves kids’ lives, then that is a truly dysfunctional and broken place.”

The city is asking to expand the number of speed cameras. A bill in Albany would bring 300 of them to city streets.