Putting the Brakes to Speed Cameras

By: Angela Maure

Any high school student who has had to rush in the morning knows the frustration of trying to get to school on time. There never seems to be enough time in the morning after hitting the snooze button one too many times…

Arriving late to school can be frustrating, as it is only permissible three times before you are in trouble. The “three strikes you’re out” rule says a student is late three times, receives an after school detention.

If you would like to make it more frustrating, try living 10 minutes away from school and the traffic just isn’t your friend .

And it’s Monday.

It can’t possibly get any worse, right?

Actually it can!

Only a few months ago, in mid summer, speed cameras were placed by  Long Beach High School and Long Beach Middle School/Lido School exiting zones.  Since most of the cameras were unnoticeable, they couldn’t be seen by many parents/guardians and students who were driving to school.

With the state placing a speed limit of 20 miles per hour and the cameras out of sight, getting a ticket in the mail was just about as inconvenient as it was unexpected.

Parents who are also in a morning rush to drop their kids off to school were forced to pay these tickets that they were blindsided with, all in an attempt to make the route to school a “safer one.”

Fortunately, the speed cameras were removed in December and the $80 tickets for speeding over 20 mph were no longer an issue in the morning. Newsday reported that in the four months of their existence: “The cameras garnered more than 400,000 tickets earning about $32 million, with the vendor, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, expected to get a $7.6-million cut, plus termination fees.”

However, drivers beware because there are still a number of red light cameras in Nassau County. Drivers face an $80 ticket for running a red light. Curious about where the red light camera are located? Check out http://www.longislandredlightcameras.com/. These cameras can also ruin your morning if you are in a rush or decide to ignore the yellow light advising you to slow down! Red light cameras and speed cameras are a new wave of keeping people safe and abiding the rules of the road. If you are careless or in a rush, as we always seem to be, you may find a ticket from Nassau County in your mailbox.

Slow down and take your time when traveling on the roads. Try leaving your home early and allow extra time to get to your location and avoid these ticket infractions. While this is easier said than done, it will keep you safe and save you money.

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