County Executive Steve Bellone asked state lawmakers for the authority to install speed cameras at about 20 sites near schools. Bellone said the move would help to reduce accidents and generate $2 million in revenue for the county each year.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and State Sen. Charles Fuschillo were joined by Old Mill Road Elementary School students in Merrick, Long Island on Thursday to unveil a new sign advising drivers of the law.
The electronic signs display a driver’s speed as they go by. They’re posted below the signs alerting drivers that the speed limit in a school zone is 15 mph.
Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the city has opened 76 new schools this year and delivered 1.5 million new textbooks.
The cameras are being set up in chronic speeding spots within a quarter-mile of some schools. The city has identified 100 areas in school zones where speeding is an issue.
In Suffolk County, police are looking for speeders, tailgaters and those texting while driving in a school zone.
Officials in Mamaroneck want to lower the speed limit in a school zone, but the New York Department of Transportation believes the lights, cross walks and signage are sufficient for the zone and its students’ safety.