Brooklyn DA joins group of prosecutors calling on reinstatement of speed cameras
Prosecutors from the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan joined Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday for a rally to call on lawmakers to reinstate speed cameras before the upcoming school year.
The message from Gonzalez, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Queens Assistant DA Robert Ciesla and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to politicians was “Do your job.”
“I am joining my fellow district attorneys and street safety advocates today in calling on the state Senate to turn the school speed cameras back on and restore this life-saving program,” Gonzalez said. “These speed cameras have been shown to reduce incidents of speeding near schools by 63 percent. In less than a month, over a million children will be going back to school and they deserve to be protected. This is about saving lives.”
A total of 140 speed cameras placed in school zones went offline recently when the state Senate failed to take up a bill to extend the program that had been in place since 2014. According to the mayor’s office, traffic fatalities around schools have dropped approximately 55 percent since the program was put in place.
Gonzalez explained that his office has seen a strong correlation between speeding and car crashes in the data and called the speed cameras a good indicator for problem areas.