STATEN ISLAND, NY- Silive.com reports that Mayor de Blasio is pushing state lawmakers in Albany to renew and expand the School Zone Speed Camera program so that the city can install 150 more speed cameras.
De Blasio’s proposed plan would more than double the number of the cameras on New York City’s streets. Mayor de Blasio spoke during a press conference that was heldat the site of a tragic accident that killed two children. The intersection of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street is where a driver, Dorothy Bruns, sped thougha crowded cross-walk last March despite the fact that according to the woman’s driving record, de Blasio said she should not have had a driver’s license.
Another part of de Blasio’s plan involves the expansion of the definition of a school zone. The Mayor wants the streets near a school, and not just the streeta school is located on, to be considered part of the school zone and to receive the same protections. The law currently only allows for cameras to operate during school hours, school activities and a period before and after school and school-related activities.
Under de Blasio’s plan, drivers would be subject to stricter penalties for violating red lights, speeding and would require physicians to report to the Department of Motor Vehicles when a patient has a condition that would impact their ability to drive.
Bruns reportedly suffered a seizure while driving when she drove through the crosswalk and struck several pedestrians, killing a 4-year-old girl, a one-year-old boy, and injuring others on Staten Island.