By ARIEL HERNANDEZ
With the 2018-2019 academic school year just two weeks away, Transportation Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that works to change the city’s transportation priorities, teamed up with city Comptroller Scott M. Stringer to call on the state Senate to bring back the school speed camera program.
The organization created a petition for the public to sign requesting a vote on reinstalling the 140 cameras that previously operated throughout the city within the proximity of city schools. The petition also demands that the number of cameras be expanded.
“Honestly, it’s hard to understand why this is even a debate,” the petition reads. “It’s well known that speed cameras work. Speed violations have dropped 60 percent around schools that have them.”
Transportation Alternatives said that with the school year set to begin on Sept. 5, actions should be taken immediately.
“Our schools teach students that in a democracy, everyone is supposed to have a say,” the petition reads. “We elect our leaders to represent us in the halls of government and to make sure that all voices are heard. Our families are directly affected by your decision on this issue.”
To sign the petition, visit https://comptroller.nyc.gov/speed-camera-petition/.
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