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46,570 tickets in school zones

Speed cameras on Maple Avenue near St. Brigid

Speed cameras on Maple Avenue near St. Brigid / Our Lady of Hope Regional School in Westbury, Nov. 3, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

46,570 -- That's the number of tickets issued by Nassau County's school-zone speed cameras to people exceeding the speed limit by more than 21 mph, in about three months. For drivers going 16 to 20 mph over the limit, 117,971 tickets were issued. And for those going 11 to 15 mph above the limit, 247,509 were issued. These figures from program administrator American Traffic Solutions prove there is a problem with speeding near schools that needs attention. A 74 percent drop-off in tickets over 14 weeks shows cameras do help change behavior.

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