Speed Camera


Nassau Executive Curran Proposes Bringing Back Speed Cameras, But With Major Changes

August 28, 2018 - 1:49 pm

WOODBURY, Long Island, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Speed cameras are being debated throughout the Tri-State Area – including in Nassau County, where they were rolled out four years ago and were a disaster.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, just the mere mention of speed cameras makes Melissa Wallentin of Woodbury shake her head in disgust.

“They’re absolutely unfair,” Wallentin said.

In 2014, when the speed cameras were rolled out in Nassau County, Wallentin received three tickets in a few days’ time. The cost was about $300.

The problem was that there was not proper signage, and drivers complained that they received tickets in August and at night, when school is clearly not in session.

“It is very frustrating, and it’s a lot of money,” Wallentin said.

But now, County Executive Laura Curran wants to bring the program back, but she said in a different way. The cameras would be deployed only at schools where the superintendents believe there is a problem – and only during school hours.

“Difference is that it would be opt-in by school districts. If school districts have no interest, then forget it. If school districts are interested, I will go up to Albany, talk to our legislators to preserve that option of opting in,” Curran said.

Curran said there would be an effort to prevent the problems from the last rollout.

“They would look to roll it out in such a way that makes sense and is responsible,” she said, “but I have to say, first we have to see if there’s interest.”