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Letter: Opposed to cameras in school zones

Traffic moves past the sign for the red-light

Traffic moves past the sign for the red-light camera on Old Country Road in Westbury on Aug. 18, 2011. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Regarding "Nassau OKs request for speed cameras" [News, April 18], this is not a safety issue. It is simply a revenue grab to pay for the raises for Nassau County's unionized workers.

The speed limits in front of most schools are ridiculously low. When the children are arriving at school, I can understand the low speed limits, but that is also when we have professional crossing guards at each corner.

Why do we need to go 20 mph when school is in session and no children are outside? Or when the schools are closed? This is a ridiculous request the county is sending to state officials.

Why can't Nassau raise revenue by enforcing existing laws that do involve safety? For example, I now see more blacked-out car windows, which are illegal and unsafe. The threshold for window tinting in New York is 70 percent.

Write these car owners a ticket daily, and that would be a safe and effective change for the public.

Stephen E. Rach, West Sayville