NYC rolls out speed cameras on first day of school: ‘Our goal is to protect our children’

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) —  A “speed camera” made its debut near DuBois High School on Eastern Parkway on this first day of public school–part of an effort to slow down drivers near crash-prone locations.

“Our goal is to protect our children” said Schools Chancellor, Dennis Walcott.  “Speed cameras are good; it’s going to be to the benefit of our children.”

In a 6 year period, 5 people were killed by speeding drivers in the school zone near DuBois and 27 were severely injured. The cameras are being placed near 20 school zones around the five boroughs.  Drivers caught the first time speeding in 30 mile per hour zones will be given a warning, but starting in late October, they will be fined $50 if caught on camera.

Walcott made his remarks as he stopped at one school in each borough, as more than a million public school children returned to classes.

PIX11 News met Walcott at the newly combined Public School/Intermediate School 48 on Staten Island. The city built a $53 million dollar “state of the art” facility on Targee Street that will eventually house more than 700 students, grades pre-K through 8.

Walcott only has 3 1/2 months left in his position. He doesn’t intend to serve under a new mayor. As Walcott joked about the candidates hoping to be mayor, “They’re not fighting over me!”