NYC ending speed cameras near schools

New York City is ending its use of speed cameras to crack down on dangerous driving near schools after lawmakers in Albany didn't renew the program.

The state law authorizing the cameras expires Wednesday.

City officials credit the devices with decreasing speeding violations in school zones.

"This is about saving lives," Sen. Jose Peralta said.

State lawmakers couldn't come to an agreement on extending the use of the 120 cameras before they wrapped up their annual session last month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, have urged lawmakers to reconvene to try again, blaming the Republican-led state Senate for the bill's failure.

The legislation has already passed the Democrat-controlled state Assembly. So far Republicans have balked at the request to return, blaming Cuomo for the impasse.

 

With the Associated Press

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