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Letter: Dedicate a part of camera fines

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

The ultimate goals of speed cameras are no speeding, zero revenues and zero fatalities and injuries ["Opposed to cameras in school zones," Letters, April 24].

Long Island is home to the deadliest roads in the region for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and speed cameras are an enforcement tool to make roads safer for everyone.

Not only is speeding illegal, but it is a leading contributor to fatalities and injuries. A person hit by a car traveling 40 mph has a 70 percent chance of dying, while a person hit by a car traveling 30 mph has an 80 percent chance of surviving.

Speed cameras work. Studies show that cameras have led to a 71 percent reduction in speeding and 45 percent reduction in fatalities and injuries.

To combat concerns about speed cameras as mere revenue generators, Nassau and Suffolk counties should dedicate 25 percent of fines to building pedestrian, bicycle and speed-reduction infrastructure. That may one day make the need for speed cameras obsolete.

Ryan Lynch, Manhattan

Editor's note: The writer is the Long Island coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit policy watchdog.