UPDATED: Reduce Speeding Around School Zones
Posted on Jun 17, 2013
Officials are calling for ways to reduce speeding around school zones in New York City.
Senator Jeff Klein said "speeding is a real problem in the city, but it can be especially dangerous around schools. It becomes very important when dealing with the safety of our children," he told 1010 WINS.
That is why he has introduced a legislation that would authorize the use of speed cameras in New York City school zones where speeding is prevalent.
A traffic safety report released by New York City's Department of Transportation back in March found that 96% of cars near P.S. 81 in Riverdale were driving above the speed limit.
DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan called speeding near city schools "rampant" and something must be done to bring the problem "to a screeching halt."
The state Legislature approved a five year pilot program over the weekend. It allows the city to operate 20 speed camera systems in school zones. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be in the Bronx Tuesday at the first planned location for a camera. Drivers caught speeding would face a $50 fine.