Hewlett-Woodmere School District officials had two speed monitors installed several years ago on Broadway. near Hewlett Elementary School, due to speeding motorists.
Motorists on Peninsula Boulevard, near Woodmere Middle School, will have to limit their speed to 20 mph or be ticketed for speeding through a school zone by a camera that will be installed by Nassau County by Sept. 2, the first day of school for the Hewlett-Woodmere district.
The camera will record drivers who exceed the 20 mph speed limit by more than 10 mph and issue tickets by mail. The fine will be $80 — $50 for the violation and $30 for administrative processing, county officials said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation approving the cameras in July.
“Success should not be measured by the amount of revenue generated for the county or towns, but whether drivers learn to slow down,” said Dr. Peter Weber, Hewlett-Woodmere’s assistant superintendent for business.
By the end of this year, each of Nassau County’s 56 school districts will have one camera, set up as either a permanent installation or a mobile unit, to catch speeders. The Lawrence School District is still deciding among three locations: Peninsula Boulevard/Rockaway Turnpike, near the high school in Cedarhurst; Burnside Avenue, by the Number Two School in Inwood; or Broadway in Lawrence, near the middle school.
The initiative is modeled after a similar speed program established in New York City last year. The cameras eliminate the need for a police officer to be on the scene, issuing tickets.
The use of enforcement cameras is all about safety, said Chris Mistron, traffic safety coordinator for Nassau County. “Revenue is a result of bad behavior,” he said. “Historically, where photo enforcement for speed has been implemented, revenue decreases 80 percent over the first year. A school zone safety report indicates 200 motorists per hour exceeded the posted limit by 25 mph in Nassau County.”