Five Suffolk County Legislators have filed legislation to put an end to Suffolk County’s controversial proposed move to install school speed zone cameras. These controversial school zone speed cameras have been dubbed “scam-cams” by Long Island residents who view the school speed zone cameras as more of an excuse to take money from residents than as a plan to ensure children’s safety. Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Legislator William Lindsay III, Legislator Sarah Anker, Legislator Al Krupski and Legislator William Spencer all filed legislation on Monday, December 8th to terminate the program.
In agreement Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stated that he would discontinue the school speed zone camera program, making action on the bill the Suffolk County Legislators filed inapplicable.
Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory is quoted saying, “We have taken a very methodical approach on the possible installation of these cameras and the more we saw the problems Nassau County has had with its school speed zone cameras it became obvious we were not going to install the cameras in Suffolk County,” said PO Gregory. “It is unclear if the safety improvements for our children would occur if we installed the cameras and without clear evidence that they would improve safety we are not going to proceed. The idea was always about safety, not revenue.”
Legislator Lindsay III had a similar statement on the matter, “It is our responsibility as lawmakers to identify and anticipate problems throughout our region,” said Legislator Lindsay III. “It’s very clear to all of us that the implementation of school speed zone cameras did not work in our neighboring County and I feel that moving forward with a project that we have already seen fail would be extremely punitive to our residents. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow legislators to formulate a plan that does not penalize our residents but rather enhances public safety.”
[Source: Suffolk County Legislature]
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