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A new amendment to a speed camera bill will place signs informing drivers the cameras are coming up.
A new amendment to a speed camera bill will place signs informing drivers the cameras are coming up.

A State Senate bill regulating speed cameras in school zones has been amended with the help of a Queens lawmaker who want drivers to know that they’re being watched.

State Senator Tony Avella announced on July 14 that he has secured an amendment to the School Zone Speed Camera Bill (S.36046B), originally introduced by Senator Jose Peralta, which allows more schools to utilize speed cameras in the area around the school.

If the bill is passed, Avella’s amendment includes that the city must now also install signs telling motorists that the cameras are in place.

Avella believes his amendment to the bill will not only better protect pedestrians, but will also make sure the cameras are not used simply as speed traps for the city to generate money from.

“This amendment, when the bill is passed and enacted into law, will make sure that motorists are aware that a school speed zone is approaching and that there is a camera there that will be catching them if they violate the speed limit,” said Avella. “Knowledge that a speed camera is ahead will have a greater impact on driver responsibility, thus resulting in reduced vehicle speeds, and in turn better protect pedestrians and make our streets safer.”
The bill is currently in the in committee stage, where the next step is to be put on the floor calendar to be voted on by the Senate.

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