Levin calls for school zone speed cameras in North Brooklyn
by Andrew Shilling
Aug 21, 2013 | 291 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Children crossing busy highways and congested intersections to get to school might soon find some protection from Albany.

Following legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this month speed cameras might find their way to North Brooklyn school districts.

The program would allow the installation of cameras in 20 school zones throughout the city, and Councilman Stephen Levin with the help of Transportation Alternatives to advocating to bring them to the 33rd District in North Brooklyn.

“Motorists speeding in school zones are putting the lives of children at risk,” Levin said. “With streets known for speeding like McGuinness Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in the 33rd District, safe streets are a priority for the community of North Brooklyn.”

Similar to the city's red-light camera program, speed zone violators would receive tickets in the mail if they are caught speeding. Penalties may not exceed $50 per violation with a late fee of up to $25.

“Speeding in school zones puts our children at risk and preventing this reckless behavior should be a priority,” Cuomo said. “These cameras will supplement efforts by law enforcement to root out speeding violations in these protected areas, and encourage drivers to use caution when driving through school zones.”

The legislation, which takes effect at the end of the month, establishes a five-year trial period for the cameras. They would be installed within a quarter mile, or about five city blocks, of a school.

“Innovative traffic engineering and aggressive enforcement have resulted in traffic fatalities in New York City reaching all-time record lows in the past decade, but speeding remains the single greatest contributing factor in traffic fatalities in New York City,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, called on local residents to provide suggestions as to where the cameras should go.

“New Yorkers are the experts, you know where people speed abd you know the dangerous streets in the neighborhood,” White said. “Please share your knowledge.”

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