Nassau County school-zone speed cameras operating again

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Dray Clark reports from Elmont. (WABC)

Nassau County's school-zone speed cameras were operating again Tuesday, as students headed back to class.

And that means if you're near a school, slow down or pay the price.

Most of the cameras are in fixed locations, but some will be rotated.

Drivers can expect an $80 fine every time they are caught speeding past a school area while classes and other school-related activities are happening.

Nassau County officials initially tried rolling out the program in July, but there were problems in six of the towns where the cameras were placed.

Some drivers complained they didn't know the cameras would be operating during the summer hours, while others said there was poor signage. Some others said that they were given tickets even though they were driving under the speed limit.

Authorities say 10,000 tickets were generated in error, and in response, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano dismissed 40,000 tickets. Now they've worked out the kinks, put up new signs and are ready to crack down on unsafe drivers.

"I think it's a great idea," one mom said. "I don't think they should be having the cameras on as far as when it's not during school. The should monitor during school hours."

Others take a different approach.

"It's to make money," another parent said. "Nassau County, you know?"

Eventually, the county expects to install 56 cameras, which could generate up to $25 million a year for the county.

COMPLETE LIST OF CAMERA LOCATIONS:

15 Pershing Blvd at St. Christopher School, Baldwin
1870 Merrick Ave at Merrick Avenue Middle School, Merrick
651 Plainview Rd at Charles Campagne School, Bethpage
101 Carman Ave at East Meadow High School, East Meadow
1880 Dutch Broadway at Dutch Broadway School Elmont
560 Nassau Blvd at John Street School Franklin Square
1170 Peninsula Blvd at Woodmere Middle School, Hewlett
520 South Oyster Bay Rd at Our Lady of Mercy School, Hicksville
45 Wantagh Ave South at Island Trees Middle School, Levittown
678 Cantiague Rock Rd at Cantiague Elementary School, Jericho
3369 Old Jerusalem Rd at Gen. Douglas MacArthur H S., Levittown
237 Lido Blvd at Lido Elementary School, Lido Beach
27 Shelter Rock Rd at Shelter Rock Elementary School, North Hills
350 Unqua Road at Unqua Elementary School, Massapequa
108 Merrick Ave at Chatterton School, Merrick
300 New Hyde Park Rd at New Hyde Park Rd New Hyde Park
1712 Merrick Ave at Camp Avenue School, North Merrick
1 Flower Road at Schwarting Elementary School, North Massapequa
300 Manetto Hill Rd at Parkway School Plainview
140 West Centennial Ave at Centennial Ave School Roosevelt
3 Glen Cove Rd at Harbor Hill School Greenvale
1575 Seamans Neck Rd at Seaford High School Seaford
580 Woodbury Rd at Baylis Elementary School Plainview
400 Nassau Blvd at West Hempstead High School West Hempstead
101 Maple Avenue at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School Westbury
170 Rockaway Ave at Garden City High School Garden City
341 Lakeville Rd at Great Neck South Sr./Jr. H.S. Great Neck
529 Merrick Rd at Lynbrook North Middle School Lynbrook
75 Ocean Ave at Malvern Sr. High School Malverne
1601 Newbridge Rd at Newbridge Road School Bellmore
1327 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
975 Jerusalem Ave at Turtle Hook Middle School Uniondale

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