“The failure to preserve and expand life-saving speed cameras near New York City schools represents a massive failure of leadership. Kids will be in danger. Kids will lose their lives. The State Assembly majority has shown the way with their expansion bill. Senate Republicans haven't done their job until they pass the bill, which has majority support. Our families now need the Governor to do all he can to aid its passage and sign it into law. The Senate must return next week to keep our children safe.”
No Mayor de Blasio the state legislature has done their job in deciding not to renew Speed Cameras. Speed Cameras were installed on a false pretence by DOT and former Mayor Bloomberg.
The DOT said it did a survey where over 90 percent of drivers were speeding (including those who were only one mile over the then 30 MPH speed limit) on a road which was assumed to be in front of PS 81 in the Bronx.
State Senator Jeff Klein surveyed the road in front of the school, and while there were speeders the figures were much lower than the DOT's claim.
After the announcement of speed cameras I asked the representative from the DOT when they surveyed the street. I was told the DOT had surveyed at different times of the day, but I was also told that it was not the road in front of the school that was surveyed by the DOT.
In order to inflate the speeding numbers the DOT surveyed a street several blocks away from the school. This road is behind the Russian Mission, at the entrance to the Henry Hudson Parkway south going into Manhattan, and also leads to the private community of Fieldston.
Mr. Mayor more police officers are needed to catch not only drivers who speed, but also drivers who drive reckless , and should not be driving at all.