So while some of the city's plans to reconfigure roads, add bus lanes or calm traffic have been met with community ire because they impact the quality of life for the driver, but one thing that we should all be praising is the increasing prevalence of speed camera enforcement, especially in school zones.
State Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Michael Dendekker introduced legislation this week that remove time limits on when speed cameras outside schools can operate, as well as expand the speed camera program to all school zones in the city.
Yes, it's annoying when you get that notice from the Department of Finance in the mail, but don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine.
The increasing amount of cameras will also start to become learned behavior. How many people are going to take on Queens Boulevard going 45 miles per hour in the left lane after getting busted once? Driver will start taking it a little more slowly, making the roadway a more relaxed place.
Daily commuters will argue that it slows traffic, but if it saves one life it's worth it. It makes the road safer for drivers and especially pedestrians, many of whom are extremely young children outside schools.
An increase in speed camera enforcement also eases the burden of our local law enforcement, which already has its hands full. With less time spent sitting on the side of the road with a radar gun in hand, the department can devote more resources to problem areas like the subway system or investigating major crimes.
Speed cameras are a sure way to help New York City achieve its goal of zero pedestrian fatalities. It's certainly better than a multi-million dollar road redesign..