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Letters: Speed cams show need to slow down

Cars drive past the speed camera on Maple

Cars drive past the speed camera on Maple Avenue near St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope Regional School on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 in Westbury. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

I am continually amazed by the people who write in complaining about the traffic-camera tickets they received and demanding more warning signs ["Speed cameras in focus," Letters, Oct. 19].

Instead of more signs, perhaps the Department of Motor Vehicles should mail each driver a copy of the state driver's manual. Last I checked, all drivers are supposed to abide by the posted speed limits and all other traffic laws, regardless of a warning signs.

It's time to slow down, Long Island.

Tony Fleck, Farmingdale

I know I am not in the minority for feeling that the red-light cameras and school speed cameras have nothing to do with safety. It's all about money and satisfying the greedy public servants' demands for more and more.

When my 81-year-old mother received her first red-light ticket for going 3 mph while making a right turn on red, I senselessly took her to contest it.

Finding the traffic court was not easy. It's down a dark alley, a place that will get people my age and older thinking about the Valentine's Day Massacre. After being yelled at by the judge and hearing "objection" from an actual prosecutor -- a young kid who must have been embarrassed -- I told myself that never again would I come here and be humiliated.

Now my mother has a school zone ticket for traveling 39 mph on South Oyster Bay Road. Lock her up before she kills someone.

Susan Giordano, Glen Head

After receiving a few speed-camera tickets, I am acutely aware of their locations. I am deliberately slowing down so as not to get any more tickets.

However, the tickets continue to pile up. If I'm at fault, then so be it, and I deserve to pay the fines. My issue is, how do we really know if these cameras are accurate?

If I were to take time out of my day to try and challenge one of these tickets, a judge would pull up the information on a computer, where it would say I was going 42 mph, and I wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

How do we know that the company that manages this program for Nassau County, that receives 38 percent of the fines collected, is being properly monitored for the accuracy of these cameras?

Wayne Seid, Plainview

This is for the letter writer who complained about getting two tickets for speeding in a school zone, and anyone who thinks like she does. Her complaint was that there were no warning signs or flashing lights. Really?

The speed-limit sign and the sign indicating that it was a school zone were your warning signs. Do you need to hit a child before you learn your lesson?

If you don't want a ticket, drive like you don't want a ticket. You don't need to be "Big Bang Theory" physicist Sheldon Cooper to figure this out.

Michael Saletel, Baiting Hollow


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