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Speed limit at 1 school zone bumped up by Westbury Village

Cars drive past the speed camera on Maple

Cars drive past the speed camera on Maple Avenue near St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope Regional School on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 in Westbury. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Westbury Village officials have raised the speed limit for a school zone under the scrutiny of Nassau County's traffic cameras.

The speed limit at the Maple Avenue zone will change to 20 mph from 15 mph. The village's board of trustees approved the change 4-0 at a meeting Thursday.

Mayor Peter Cavallaro said residents had complained the speed was too low in the wake of the added enforcement. Residents were avoiding the road and finding other roads, increasing traffic elsewhere, he said.

"It's unreasonably low, especially when you consider there's strict enforcement," Cavallaro said in an interview Monday. "In the first couple of days, we already saw there was traffic from people avoiding the camera and rerouting around the residential roads."

Cavallaro said Nassau County officials have been notified of the change and that it could take several days for the county to recalibrate equipment to accommodate for the new limit.

Nassau County recently set up 20 fixed or mobile cameras and plans to operate 56 camera sites by next month, officials have said.

The Westbury site is outside St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School. Principal Paul Clagnaz said, "It's very difficult to go 15 miles per hour."

"On a typical day, there will be people who are trying to adhere to the 15 mile per hour speed limit, and there might be other people behind them who aren't aware, and they'll be honking the horn."

He added, "It's not unusual for people to pass, but it's a double yellow line."

Other school zones in the Village of Westbury are 15 mph. That is the minimum limit for a speed zone, according to the New York State supplement to the federal traffic control manual.

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