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Letters: Problems with speed cams persist

A speed camera clocks vehicles traveling southbound on

A speed camera clocks vehicles traveling southbound on Utopia Parkway near 56th Avenue towards Francis Lewis High School in Queens on Sept. 2, 2014. Credit: Charles Eckert

Who could possibly be against reducing accidents at busy intersections and improving the safety of our children at school ["Speed cams add 5 sites," News, Sept. 15]?

That said, any person who believes that the current bumper crop of intersection and school cameras is anything but a baldfaced revenue grab has clearly been living deep under the proverbial rock.

These cameras criminalize otherwise safe and conscientious drivers for a second of inattention.

With regard to school cameras, I have yet to see a sign stating "end of school zone," which only adds confusion and ambiguity to the situation. What if the driver realizes that he or she is going too fast when entering the zone and then slows down? Will there still be a violation?

Does the monitoring really need to be enforced from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.? At the school zones I am familiar with, there are long periods of inactivity during which the speed zone is clearly a trap. It is natural for people to drive in accordance with what they see and not an arbitrary speed limit that's inappropriate for the actual conditions. All of these issues need to be clarified.

Jon Holiner, Levittown

A letter writer suggests that flashing lights can be turned on during the hours school speed cameras are in use ["Suggestions on speed camera rules," Sept. 11]. While this is a good idea in principle, it won't work.

I don't know how many school zones I have driven through late at night, as well as on weekends and holidays, where the lights are flashing.

It's like the signs in the rear windows of yellow school buses that advise the vehicle has been checked for sleeping children. These signs are often still in the windows while children are being transported to and from school. The idea was that the drivers would take the signs down at the beginning of their shifts, and rehang them before going home.

Edward Mutchnick, Lindenhurst

I was the victim of three unfair school speed zone tickets over the summer. Thankfully, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano wisely dismissed all of them. Since then, I have not received any tickets. I still don't like the law and would like to see it repealed.

Certainly, I don't defend people speeding through school zones. I'm a parent of two young children and a teacher. However, if this has been a problem, why did our government wait so long to do something?

Another issue is inconsistency. I've seen flashing lights on signs outside of schools that are completely empty on a Saturday! If the government doesn't know how to follow the law, how are the common people to know?

Nassau rushed to roll out this law. Did the county make sure there are speed limit signs in all school zones, and that trees were trimmed so motorists could see the signs? Did it make sure all speed zones have flashing-light signs before starting the enforcement? The answer to all of those questions is no.

Daniel Dowling, East Meadow

If the powers that be are really that concerned with the safety of our children, why don't they attach a camera to every school bus? I see people ignoring the law every day when they pass a stopped school bus with its lights flashing.

Would this be a better way to protect children instead of the obvious money grab that is the current program?

Rafe Garet, West Babylon