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Speed cameras subject of debate in New York

New York drivers must be on alert for dangerous behaviors every time they take to the streets. Staying safe on congested roads is not always an easy task. Local traffic law is stipulated to help keep drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians safe but they are also means by which local municipalities generate income from the fines that are imposed.

Around New York currently the concept of income generation from a speeding ticket or other type of infraction is the subject of some debate. It is also being discussed in light of a new bill that recently passed the state Assembly with a vote of 103 in favor versus 24 against. The bill would place new speed cameras near multiple schools in Suffolk and Nassau Counties as well as New York City. If passed by the Senate, New York City could see as many as 120 new cameras added to its current 20. Suffolk County could get up to 69 cameras and Nassau County would have 56 speed cameras placed.

Drivers caught speeding on these cameras would receive a $50 fine but would have no insurance policy repercussions. Opponents of the bill say that the cameras are simply a way for the local governments to raise money while those in favor indicate that the cameras are a way to further the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan and improve safety for all. All of the cameras would be placed near schools.

People who receive a speeding ticket from a camera or even from an officer may want to talk with an attorney to avoid default convictions or other consequences. Getting legal help can often be a good way to protect your rights.

Source: Insurance Journal, “N.Y. Assembly OKs Traffic Speed Cameras in NYC, Long Island School Zones,” David Klepper, April 30, 2014

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