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Letters: Speed camera obsession

A sign warns motorists of a speed traffic

A sign warns motorists of a speed traffic camera in front of the Unqua Elementary School on Unqua Road in Massapequa. Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Newsday says in its editorial, "If the purpose of installing 56 speed cameras in Nassau County, one in each public school district, is to improve safety by persuading drivers to slow down, they shouldn't be told where the cameras are located" ["Nassau caught in its own trap," Sept. 22].

What kind of twisted logic is that? The purported purpose is to have drivers slow down in school zones. To do that, officials need to tell drivers where the cameras are located. If they didn't, then the justified public outcry claiming "speed traps" would be overwhelming.

Your editorial also said, "No one reported an epidemic of serious accidents in school zones recently." That you got right. There is absolutely no safety need; it's all about revenue.

Ed Schwartz, Dix Hills

I've been following the school speed camera controversy and have a simple solution: Install a traffic light in the middle of school zone roads. Have the light radar-controlled to remain green unless a driver enters the speed zone at a higher speed than is posted.

If a driver doesn't stop for the red light, a summons would be issued. Drivers would learn very quickly to slow down, and the traffic lights could also be used as school crossings.

Günter Gallas, Woodbury

If we're to have school zone speed cameras, then we need to standardize the speed limits. I recently drove past a number of different schools and found posted speed limits of 15, 20, 25 and even 30 mph; 20 mph seems safe and reasonable.

Jim McCarthy, Levittown

The proposal to spend $6.5 million for flashing yellow lights, divided by $50 net profit per ticket, means it would take 130,000 tickets to pay for the flashing lights. Then there's the cost of maintenance.

Turn off the cameras. They have made driving through Nassau streets most unpleasant.

Bernard Roth, Plainview