News School zone speed camera petition launched to pressure Albany lawmakers More than 132,000 drivers have speeded near city schools since the program expired last month, according to the DOT. Students are set to return to school without critical speed cameras, City Comptroller Scott Stringer said on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Ivan Pereira By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated August 21, 2018 2:28 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Time is running out to reinstate 140 city speed cameras near schools, and the city’s comptroller wants concerned New Yorkers to join the fight. Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office launched an online petition Tuesday that urges State Senate leaders to reconvene and renew the school safety speed camera bill. Senate Republicans failed to reach an agreement and renew the bill as part of the state budget agreement earlier this year and, as a result, 120 cameras in the city were turned off last month and 20 more will shut off on Aug. 30. Stringer said the situation has left parents concerned about the safety of their kids as they return to school on Sep. 5. “We have heard enough from the people in Albany. We haven’t heard enough from the parents,” he said at a news conference on the Lower East Side. In addition to hosting the petition on comptroller.nyc.gov, Stringer’s office will send representatives door-to-door throughout the city to sign the letter. A report released by his office in March found that 3.5 million tickets have been issued to drivers caught by traffic cameras in school zones since 2016. The city’s Department of Transporation still collects data from the deactivated cameras, and Stringer’s office said since the cameras went dark, 132,253 drivers were caught going more than 10 miles per- hour over the posted limit in school zones. Other elected officials and advocates have called for a special session to pass a renewal bill for the pilot camera program. Paul Steely-White, executive director of the nonprofit transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, said there has been strong, widespread support for the cameras, and that he could not fathom why state Republicans haven’t passed it. “You’d think they would look at their own polls,” he said. A GOP state Senate spokeswoman blamed Albany Democrats for impeding progress on the cameras. “Senate Republicans have repeatedly stated that they are willing to extend the speed camera program,” she said in a statement. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Without school speed cameras, city to hike police enforcement "These efforts will not completely replace the workflow of the automated camera system." Most school zone speed cameras go darkThe Senate's inaction drew outrage everywhere from the governor's office to City Hall. Summer school starts with speed cams facing shutdownThe safety device program is set to expire on July 25. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.