A speed camera clocks vehicles traveling southbound on Utopia Parkway...

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

Is Nassau County insane? The time frame for the school cameras, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days, is at least two hours too long ["Speed camera info full of U-turns," News, Sept. 7].

Having these cameras in use until 6 p.m. cuts into the rush hour, which will lead to snarls of creeping cars everywhere. Does Nassau want traffic jams all over the county?

The main reason for these cameras is the safety of the students, not to put money in the treasury.

Douglass Robinson, Levittown

As Newsday pointed out, state law says that instead of defined hours, flashing lights can be used. Since many people are unaware of school hours and days, wouldn't it make sense to install flashing lights, which could be coordinated with speed zone cameras, to be activated by whoever opens the school for activities -- the administrator, for example? This would easily eliminate any confusion as to when the speed limit would apply and also ensure that use of the cameras is justified.

Sometimes it seems so easy to overlook the obvious, and apparently Nassau County was sloppy in its implementation of this program. It is devoutly to be hoped that Suffolk County pays better attention.

Peggy Bruno, Middle Island

We're familiar with countdown timers that let pedestrians know how much time remains on the "walk" signal at crossings. There are also visual timers in some traffic lights to give drivers more information about the cycle.

I propose that the revenue generated by red-light cameras and speed cameras at schools be used to equip traffic lights with timers, to give drivers an even break.

Joseph Hobel, Garden City


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