Speed camera (file/credit: CBS 2)Speed camera (file/credit: CBS 2)
NEW YORK(CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants speed monitoring cameras installed in school zones on Long Island.
He’s asking lawmakers to approve requests from Nassau and Suffolk counties to install a camera at each of 125 school districts to combat speeding drivers. Speeding near schools there can cost drivers fines from $60 to $200 and an $85 court surcharge.
Motorists can’t be charged under current county laws unless a police officer catches them and issues a ticket.
The cameras would operate like the red light camera program already in place on Long Island.
Local officials didn’t initially return calls seeking estimates of the pilot program’s cost.
Last year, New York City installed 20 speed cameras near schools where speeding was a problem.
Cuomo included the proposal in amendments to the $142 billion executive budget being considered by the Legislature.