Speed camera in Brooklyn ticketed 1,500 drivers on single summer day

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- A speed camera in Brighton Beach nabbed 1,500 drivers, dishing out $80,000 in fines, on a single day this summer, and now drivers are calling foul on what they’re calling a speed trap.

The camera in question is perched near the exit ramp on Shore Parkway service road.

Drivers contend they don’t have enough time to slow down from highway speed to 30 mph. The speed cameras are triggered when a driver flies by going 10 miles over the speed limit then snap a photo of the license plate.

Some City Council members are on the drivers’ side and have called for the camera to be moved. But the Department of Transportation said drivers have enough time to slow down and avoid getting ticketed.

The city has 23 speed cameras, all located outside of schools. It plans to add 120 more digital eyes by the end of next year.

16 comments

    • cyclist007

      The distance between the full-speed highway lane and the ramp camera…is how far, Rob? Wouldn’t one have to know that prior to judging? If it’s a short distance, braking on the through lane in anticipation of the ramp is not a wise idea. I personally wouldn’t do it.

      • Rob Foran

        I have no problem doing it here in Staten Island, where the highway speed limit is 50 and nobody goes less than sixty. I simply 1) anticipate when I’m to get off like I’m supposed to, 2) am prepared by being in the exit lane like I’m supposed to, and 3) slow the heck down so I can negotiate the exit at 30 mph like I’m supposed to.

        If you can’t slow down to exit because you’re worried about getting rear ended, that just points out another problem we need to solve. And the way to solve it is enforcement.

  • Mathew Smithburger

    This has been a hot spot for enforcement since the 1970s this is nothing new. There is a legitimate reason for this and using technology to free up a NYPD officer for more important work is a good idea. Go find a real story.

  • stairbob

    Sounds like there is a real speeding problem by this school. Hooray for this camera and for the city and state finally starting to get a handle on dangerous driving.

  • HamTech87 (@HamTech87)

    This article has it backwards. The question should be whether the highway exit is safe. If 30mph is the safe speed here, and drivers don’t have time to slow down to even 40mph (10 mph over the safe speed limit), then the city should close the exit until it can be redesigned to meet safety standards.

    Why risk the lives of people using that exit and the roadway adjacent to it?

  • tbatts666 (@tbatts666)

    On the one hand. We should always be holding motorists to the highest standards regarding safety.

    On the other hand we can’t use penalties to make money for government. It is a perverse way to raise funds. I guarantee a simple design change can induce the slower speeds we want at this exit (narrow lanes, add bollards, etc. )

    • Melanie Rivera

      Lol! No, we can’t use monetary penalties to enforce laws. Especially when the violations are putting lives in danger. No.

  • Bpppppt

    I love how the total amount of fines is presented as “insane”. On the other hand that well over a thousand drivers were going more than 10mph over the posted speed limit near a school, during a single school day proves that this is a ‘speed trap’ not that there is a speeding problem in the area. #JournalismFail

  • sethtrosenblum

    I grew up on Hicks street next to the Atlantic Avenue exit from the BQE. Drivers would continue onto neighborhood streets at highway speeds, and there were several accidents right in front of my home. Controlling speeding at off-ramps from highways is one of the most effective ways to reduce traffic violence and reduce the number of crashes.

  • Melanie Rivera

    Speed trap? Well if that’s what it takes to change some driver behavior then we need more “traps”.

    Question: Are there only 1,500 cars going through that exit in a day? No. Apparently many drivers ARE able to slow down and obey the law. The 1,500 who can’t need to learn how to, and there’s no better, more cost-effective way to educate them.

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