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.
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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