GLENN YOST, CANDIDATE FOR ASSEMBLY 62ND DISTRICT STATEN ISLAND TO MAYOR DE BLASIO – ‘YOU ARE DEAD WRONG ON SPEED CAMERA PROGRAM’
Yost wants Speaker Heastie to introduce companion bill to S9123 requiring the City to place stop signs and signals in school zones instead of relying on speed cameras to protect children
Staten Island, NY: Today Glenn Yost, candidate for State Assembly in the 62nd District covering the south shore of Staten Island called on Speaker Heastie and the leadership of the State Assembly to resist pressure from Mayor de Blasio who is fighting to extend the school zone speed camera program which expired Thursday and to instead draft a bill to match S9123 sponsored by state Senator Andrew J. Lanza (R, Staten Island) and co-sponsored by state Senators Martin J. Golden (R-C-IP, Brooklyn) and Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), requiring the City’s Department of Transportation to install stop signs and red lights at the intersections of over 1,000 school zones.
Mayor de Blasio claims that speed cameras are saving lives and wants the current program to be extended until 2022, however, his agency, NYC DOT, failed to provide lawmakers with data for all 140 speed camera school zones, choosing instead to provide information for only 9 locations.
Said Glenn Yost, “It is illogical to believe that speed cameras alone save lives because the ticket is generated only after the driver speeds through the intersection. By the time the ticket is sent in the mail, the damage has already been done. It is much more sensible to take proactive measures to ensure safety in school zones by alerting drivers via signs and signals that they are entering a school zone and therefore must exercise extreme caution.
“Let’s face facts – speed cameras are cash generators. If the Mayor allows DOT to release the complete records for the program I feel confident that the majority of that cash is being generated by usually law abiding drivers who made a mistake or were caught in a speed trap such as the one that exists near the Leadership School at the South Avenue exit off of the Staten Island Expressway. On the other hand, scofflaws, by their very definition, will not slow down around a school zone because a speed camera generated a ticket because they ignore those tickets.
“If Mayor de Blasio’s only focus is on saving lives, he will ask the Speaker to introduce a companion bill to S9123 so that drivers receive the visual cue to stop and slow down around schools.