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Some Lawmakers Want To Double Number Of School Speed Cameras In NYC

June 13, 2018 - 10:33 am
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) -- The school zone speed camera issue is in legislative limbo in Albany.

The legislation expires next month and so far there's no agreement.

Some lawmakers are pushing not only to reauthorize the program but more than double the number of cameras.

Democrats in the New York state Senate want to expand the number of school speed cameras allowed in the city from 140 to 290 and lift a cap on the times in which the cameras can operate. The Democrats' proposal has been introduced in the Republican-led Senate but hasn't been scheduled for a vote.

Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who has sided with Republicans, has his own bill that would maintain the existing number of cameras and use ticket money to pay for police to be posted outside schools.

It's a contentious issue.

WCBS 880's Sean Adams got reaction from drivers along Riverdale Avenue in the Bronx.

"I think it would be an extreme deterent, I think people would think twice," one woman said. 

But another woman said, "I think some people will do what they want to do."

Another driver said there should be a speed camera on every street in the city.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)