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Nassau to turn off most school-zone speed cameras for Rosh Hashanah

A speed limit sign is seen along Stewart

A speed limit sign is seen along Stewart Avenue in Bethpage on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Credit: Jeremy Bales

Nassau County will turn off all but three of its 26 speed cameras on Thursday and Friday as public schools close for the Jewish High Holy Days, county officials said.

The only sites with cameras operating throughout the week are parochial schools, which do not close for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. They are St. Christopher School in Baldwin, Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville and St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury.

State law allows the county to operate the speed cameras only on days when school is in session. "Since this is a holiday week, the county wanted to be prudent in rolling out new sites," said John Marks, executive director of Nassau's Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.

Marks said the county has yet to decide on locations for the remaining 30 school districts that will get cameras.

From Monday to Wednesday, Nassau will operate a total of 19 fixed speed cameras and seven mobile cameras.

Marks also said mobile cameras that operated last week at four Valley Stream schools -- Wheeler Avenue, Robert W. Carbonaro and Shaw Avenue elementary schools and Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School -- will operate again this week. The sites were not on a previous list provided by the county.

While only one camera can operate legally in each public school district, the four Valley Stream schools are located in different districts.

Speed zone cameras are expected to be in place at all 56 Nassau County school districts by the end of the year.

The cameras generally operate from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., although times may vary slightly at some locations. Violators must pay $80 in fines and fees.

Marks said a camera at Harbor Hill Elementary School in Greenvale, which was scheduled to operate for the first time last week, was not turned on "due to an issue we are attempting to resolve." He declined to elaborate but said the Greenvale camera will not operate this week.

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