Campaign to slow drivers down with speeding cameras

March 19, 2013 3:22:47 PM PDT
Speeding in New York City is the major factor in the many traffic deaths here last year.

Now there is a campaign to slow down drivers.

30 miles an hour is the limit but so many drivers ignore it.

Will speed cameras be the answer? That's the hope.

"When I'm crossing, I'm yelling and screaming, yes," said Genae Simpson, a parent.

Unfortunately the yelling and screaming doesn't slow down any of the cars zooming down Avenue B.

41-year-old Genae Simpson says it's dicey to walk her fourth grade twins to school and she lives right across the street.

"Even if the light is turning yellow, they're speeding through this light," Simpson said.

According to a recent study by the New York Department of Transportation drivers speed past P.S. 233 in Remsen Village, Brooklyn 100% of the time.

It's one reason the city wants to install speeding cameras.

"They're used around the world," New York City Councilman Jimmy Vacca said.

The speeding cameras, like the ones used in Baltimore, would work like red light cameras; hidden radars would clock speeds 40 miles per hour or more, take a picture of the offender's license plate, and mail a ticket to the registered owner.

"This is to supplement our current law enforcement," Vacca said.

This would be a three year pilot program and fines would start around $50.

"That would be a perfect thing," said Diana Pacheco, a parent.

Perfect for Diana Pacheco who has a first grader at P.S. 290 where the DOT found speeders 98% of the time.

The full council will vote on the resolution Thursday, and after that, would still need approval from the state.

"You see them coming full speed, something bad could happen to one of the kids," Pacheco said.