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Cuomo Signs Law Vastly Expanding Speed Cameras In NYC School Zones

May 12, 2019 - 1:14 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo invoked a mother's instinct to protect as he signed legislation on Mother's Day that expands the number of speed cameras in New York City school zones.

The Democrat was accompanied by his mother, Matilda Cuomo, on Sunday as well as other elected officials and advocates who pushed for the legislation.

The legislation, passed by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature in March, vastly increases the school safety camera program from the roughly 160 school zones where they are currently to around 750 zones having cameras in two or three years.

Supporters of the speed cameras say lives are saved when drivers are forced to slow down and speeding infractions have decreased significantly in the zones where cameras have been installed.

The cameras were in peril last summer – all 140 of them went out entirely when the state Legislature couldn’t agree on an extension.

Cuomo stepped in with an executive order just before the school year began to get them back on and give lawmakers more time to agree.

“Speed cameras work, it’s just undeniable,” Cuomo said Sunday.

The governor says walking to and from school can be the most dangerous part of the day for kids.

“Especially in this city, with this complexity, with this density, with this energy, with that New York ‘hurry up,’ with the constant frenzy,” Cuomo said.

The increase in cameras is a reason to celebrate for mom Amy Cohen, who lost her son five years ago and co-founded Families for Safe Streets.

“To truly honor motherhood, we would not ask New Yorkers every 40 hours to bury their children, their parents, their loved ones. We would not dismiss the 150 people injured every day and the thousands who suffer life-altering injuries each year,” Cohen said.