Late last month, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano dismissed almost $2.5 million in speed camera violations because roughly a quarter of the 40,000 tickets issued were found to be issued in error. The 56 speed cameras are to be active during school events and placed anywhere within a quarter of a mile of school.
Today, with schools back in session, those speed cameras go live again, this time with Nassau County’s elected officials calling for greater signage and giving motorists a ‘heads-up’ as to the cameras’ locations. But the real story about Nassau County’s speed cameras is being missed: speeding is an even more chronic problem in Nassau County than people initially thought.
Even if you remove the roughly 10,000 disputed tickets from the total speed camera tickets issued, the remaining 30,000 tickets, issued in just a month at a handful of locations, accounted for more speeding tickets than were issued by Nassau County police officers in all of 2012, according to Governor Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Instead of letting motorists know where not to speed by identifying the locations of speed camera technology, Nassau County’s elected officials should hold those who routinely and deliberately jeopardize lives and threaten public safety accountable by advocating for additional speed camera technology and more flexibility to combat what is clearly an epidemic of dangerous driving on Nassau County’s roadways.