Mayor Bill de Blasio says more than 130,000 drivers have been observed speeding near school zones since a speed camera program ended in July.
"In just over two weeks' time since the cameras stopped issuing summonses, tens of thousands of drivers sped past schools. Even worse, because of State Senate inaction, these drivers will face absolutely no consequences for this lethal behavior," Mayor de Blasio said.
It is astounding to hear that MORE THAN 132,000 drivers went AT LEAST 11mph over the speed limit near our schools in just 19 days. That's why we need State Republicans to renew our cameras ASAP — to protect our kids from these clear dangers. pic.twitter.com/dSKTdMLfAg— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 14, 2018
The cameras went dark on July 25th in 120 school zones because the State Senate left Albany without renewing funding. De Blasio wants lawmakers to return and renew the program before school starts next month.
Even though the cameras were turned off, they continued collecting speed data. Through August 10th, 132,253 drivers were caught traveling at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit during school hours.
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