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Editorial 8/22/2014
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Back to School, Slowly
presented by Peter Kohler

Back to school will bring costly consequences for drivers caught speeding by cameras monitoring scores of Long Island schools under a new state law.

As Peter Schwartz of Wantagh recently told a News 12 reporter:

Reporter: “When you open up your mail and you see four of these tickets at $80 a pop, what’s running through your mind?”

Schwartz: “I’m a little angry, to be honest with you.”

Schwartz was recently ticketed by cameras Nassau County activated this summer at Abbey Lane School in Levittown, because it held summer sessions. But, Schwartz asks, how was he to know?

And how do cameras know when school is session, and lower speed limits apply? Turns out they sometimes don’t.

Nassau County says it will send letters dismissing fines and fees for 200 drivers who, like Schwartz, apparently exceeded the limit at Abbey Lane on a Friday, when summer school was out.

All this recalls Murphy’s Law: What can go wrong will go wrong, when systems programmed to generate revenue don’t know when school is in and when it’s out.

So be prepared to go back to school, slowly.

Aug 18, 2009
You could say they’re getting the bugs out of red light cameras. By mistake, Nassau County installed one of its first red light cameras at a dangerous Massapequa Park intersection, and then removed it, setting off protests from the village. And now the county says it will put it back…