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Editorial: Are We Paying For Safety?

A new law is set to put up hundreds of robots monitoring motorists in school zones. Speeders will be fined at the rate of $50 per violation, with tickets mailed to recipients, arriving long after the fact. Not a dime of the money will come to Floral Park; it’s all for Nassau County.

Some are for it, saying it’s all about safety for children. Pedestrian fatalities among children have fallen 41 percent since 2002, to just 230 nationwide in 2011—although each one is heartbreaking.  

Some are against the speed cams, seeing them as a punitive revenue gimmick for the cash-strapped county. For others, that’s a point in its favor: a revenue-generator that is linked to individual behavior.  (See Mike Miller’s column this week)

Here, too, we have mixed feelings. One staffer points out that red-light robot cameras, for example, don’t seem to allow for rights on red (such tickets, by the way, are a third of the total). He’s further irked because “you can’t face a robot in court.” He no longer turns right on red, anywhere, ever (probably annoying other drivers, upping the quotient of road rage). Another editor notes that police presence is more powerful than mindless robots. She worries that cameras will become a cheap substitute for cops—who can catch more than just speeding drivers.

What do you think? Sneaky revenue gimmick for the county or critical safety move for Floral Park children? Worth doing either way? Make your views known by writing to us.  

 

News

The Town of North Hempstead has prepared a transportation contingency plan for local commuters who may be looking for alternatives if the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers strike on July 20.

The plan includes adding free parking at North Hempstead Beach Park, on West Shore Rd. in Port Washington, to aid car pooling, and providing up to 300 spaces at iPark, 1305 Union Tpke. in New Hyde Park, enabling commuters to catch bus service along Union Tpke. or meet up with carpooling buddies.

Speaking for a group of local residents, Santo Cipolla is asking the Sewanhaka Central High School District to revisit a 28-year-old policy that allows one community to attend any of the five district high schools, including Floral Park Memorial High School.

“It was a policy that was created to desegregate South Floral Park and a portion of Floral Park called Jamaica Square,” Cipolla said at a school board meeting last week. “It is our belief that there is not equal access to the schools and violates the equal protection clause under the Fourteenth Amendment.”


Calendar

Mike Barry will perform at Swing The Teapot

Friday, July 18

Bellerose Village’s Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, July 21

Summer Rummage Sale

Wednesday, July 23

 


 

 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com