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Letters: School speed cams hurting Nassau

A speed limit sign is seen along Stewart

A speed limit sign is seen along Stewart Avenue in Bethpage on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

My wife and I have already gotten three school speed-camera tickets ["Getting cameras' info up to speed," News Column, Oct. 9]. Many Nassau County residents are suffering the same fate.

Aren't school crossing guards enough? Were children getting hit by cars before? Did that prompt this action, or are the cameras just another way to raise money for Nassau? Right or wrong, that's what most residents feel.

Just when we seem to be getting back on our feet, the government seems to want to hurt us financially again.

Ken Rott, Levittown

The school speed-camera program is really a stealth tax masquerading as a safety program. Also, county officials have refused Newsday's request to turn over data about fines and number of tickets issued, claiming that this information is exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Law.

I will not vote for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and those who approved these cameras, though I have been a registered Republican and ardent supporter all my life.

There are negative and dangerous side effects to this program, such as a fire engine or ambulance trying to get through while we taxpayers are doing the crawl. Or an accident or rear-ender because we are paranoid about the cameras and keep checking our speedometers.

Joyce Grabowski, Valley Stream


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