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Letters: Angry over plan for speed cameras

Suffolk County asked state legislators for permission to

Suffolk County asked state legislators for permission to install speed cameras in dozens of school zones -- a program that supporters said would increase safety for children and raise an estimated $6.8 million a year for the county. Credit: Courtesy of Xerox

We must stop politicians from once again taking the easy way out, with school-zone speed cameras ["Cameras stir passionate reactions among LIers," News, April 27]. If this was a problem, speeding cars would be the talk of every school board meeting, and there would be numerous news stories about pedestrians being hit or nearly hit.

The Nassau traffic safety coordinator points to a study of 200 vehicles per hour driving faster than the 25 mph posted limit in school zones. If children's safety is the prime concern, where is the police enforcement? If police were more active in these zones, Nassau could collect all the money from fines and not share it with anyone. The driver of the vehicle will get the ticket, not the registered owner.

The Nassau police would normally threaten a job action or lawsuit if work was taken away from their members. Yet, they are willing to allow the cameras to do their job if the money is earmarked for their wages and there are no offsetting layoffs.

Politicians gave out contracts without knowing where the money would come from. If they can't run the county on the taxes collected, they should not be in office.

Joe Finn, Williston Park

Recently I paid an $80 fine because my car was traveling 1/100th of a mile per hour, instead of making a complete stop when turning right on red. While I was technically guilty, this law was never enforced to this degree before in my 40 years of safe driving.

This incident illustrates the fears I've had about traffic cameras -- that local governments, desperate for revenue, would be tempted to use technology to abuse the citizenry under the guise of safety.

Now, they are seeking to expand the abuse as far as they can -- with school-zone cameras -- to derive more and more revenue.

The time has come to end this nonsense. The citizens are becoming furious. When I talk to people, there is no variation of opinion. Everyone sees through the charade, and everyone thinks this needs to stop!

This abuse of technology is going to become a lightning-rod issue that will decide elections in the near future.

Frank Bucalo, Shirley