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Letters: What to do now about speed cams?

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. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

If Nassau County decides to remove speed cameras at schools, the county shouldn't cancel its contract with the camera supplier ["Photos finished," News, Dec. 16].

Just move the cameras to the parkways and watch the revenue from speeding vehicles climb even higher.

Martin Graham, East Meadow
 

To be able to speed unimpeded through school zones while school is in session! Shame on the Nassau County Legislature for giving in to a few cranks who refuse to do the right thing and complain about a county money grab.

This is an absolute disgrace. There's not a driver in this county who doesn't witness ridiculous transgressions of traffic laws with every mile. And now a handful of those transgressors are dismantling what seemed to be a good idea.

John Pecha, Glen Cove
 

I was an out-of-towner turning right from Hempstead Turnpike onto Nassau Road for the first time ever, on a cloudy day. On the corner to my right was a Sleepy's store; its parking lot extends along the road I'd now turned onto.

Toward the back of the parking lot is an old, white posted sign, "school zone," with speed information in tiny letters. It was difficult to see. By the point where this sign with vital information in tiny print comes into a driver's view, he is driving at normal speed, which is 25 to 35 mph. No school was yet in sight because of a row of tall spruce trees lining the parking lot.

Two weeks later, a ticket for $80 arrived in the mail, addressed to my husband. The photo showed the back of our car and license plate, but not the surrounding area and no way to verify the vehicle was being driven at the claimed 32 mph. I called to find out what I could do and was told that because the car was not in my name, they couldn't talk to me. Great. I would have to get my husband, who was at work and who wasn't even with me at the time of the offense, to make this call?

It's no wonder that the rate at which people pay the fine and do not challenge it is high.

Jane Hanser, Newton, Mass.

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