De Blasio signs bill expanding speed camera program in school zones

September 04, 2018 - 12:02 pm

NEWARK, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a council bill to expand the speed camera program in school zones.

The measure will allow the city to start issuing tickets to speeders again.

“The clock has been ticking, and the State Senate has refused to provide speed cameras to protect the lives of our school children,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We refuse to let their politics endanger our children, so the City is stepping up to provide these life-saving tools just in time for when 1.1 million children return to school. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, Speaker Johnson and the rest of the City Council for working with us to get our speed camera program back on in the nick of time.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order reactivating the camera program for 30 days.

“We know that speed cameras save lives, and yet the Senate Republicans let this critical program expire and put our children in jeopardy. We will not stand idly by as the Senate Republicans play politics with the lives of our children. With the school year upon us, I took emergency measures to reinstate the speed camera program, and I thank Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson for working together with the State to keep our children safe. This is an extraordinary action for an extraordinary situation, and it is not a substitute for the State Senate acting responsibly and passing the life-saving speed camera legislation,” Cuomo said.

The program expired in July after the state senate failed to review it.