New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who earlier this month proposed fighting obesity by banning sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, is at it again this time with New York speed cameras targeting speeders. The mayor proposed shaming lead-footed violators caught by speed cameras.
Waiting on state lawmakers for New York Speed Cameras
The mayor has been pressuring Albany to allow speed cameras at some of its most dangerous intersections, allegedly to improve the safety of the motoring public. Last week, the New York State Legislature failed to vote on a bill that would have made them legal for ticket-generation within the state’s municipalities.
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The mayor spoke on the issue Friday, via his weekly radio address. As a counter measure, he proposed shaming violators:
“We’ll put up their names and pictures someplace. Maybe we can shame them, and we should look at that, because if Albany is not going to let us do this stuff, we’ve got to save lives.”
Since the city is unable to use the New York speed cameras to generate income before getting permission from the foot-dragging state lawmakers, Bloomberg was brainstorming about possible ways to punish violators caught by the cameras in the interim, without collecting money from them.
Bloomberg failed to mention a forum on which these photos of shame could be posted.
He also took the opportunity to chide the state capital:
“Only in the crazy world of Albany,” Bloomberg said.
Speed cameras, much like red light cameras, take pictures of violators, framing the driver and the vehicle’s license plate. The alleged violator then receives a copy of the picture in the mail, along with a citation. While red light cameras seek out motorists traveling against a red light, speed cameras target those going over the speed limit.
Cameras are controversial
Many critics, however, argue that New York speed cameras are more about revenue generation than they are about protecting public safety. Robert Sinclair, of the Automobile Association of America, told WCBS 880 radio that, not only are the cameras intended to make money, but it is “impossible for to defend yourself” should a motorist chose to contest a citation in court.
According to the New York Time’s blog City Room, the city intends to issue fines of up to $100 for speeders caught with the cameras, if and when it gets permission to do so.