Speed camera issued a barrel full of tickets in one day
Residents of Sheepshead Bay better beware of a speed camera located on Shore Parkway between Ocean Parkway and West Avenue, at the at the very end of a 400-foot-long exit ramp.
Locals and Councilman Mark Treyger expressed outrage at the placement, calling it a trap. Councilman Chaim Deutsch, in whose district the camera is located, hailed it as a success.
Numbers never lie
Or do they?
According to Councilman Deutsch,
There were 6,000 summonses issued in one day coming off the Belt Parkway. Now it is almost to zero, so the camera is helping,” Deutsch told members of the Manhattan Beach Community Group at a public meeting last week. “But we still want to make sure that people slow down, [that they] have enough time to slow down carefully when they come off the ramp.
However, in a statement made by a DOT spokesperson to Sheepshead Bites (paraphrased):
The Department of Transportation spokesperson told Sheepshead Bites this morning that 1,551 violations were issued on July 7, suggesting that this was the peak day.
Does it matter whether the number of tickets generated by this hard-working speed camera was 6,000 or 1,551? The point is there’s a speed camera lying-in-wait for people exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph. The cost to purchase your photograph is $50.
Is this reasonable? Does a motorist have sufficient time to adjust her speed while exiting the ramp, before the speed camera snaps a $50 photo?
According to Councilman Deutsch, it is reasonable because the camera has changed bad behavior, and eliminated speeding. It’s kind of like an evil Skinner Box.
I support that if anyone is speeding, an enormous amount of speeds, they deserve a summons,” Deutsch told Sheepshead Bites. “But I don’t want it to be a ‘gotcha’ camera, and people need to be aware there’s a camera and they should exit the ramp safely.
If it were me, I’d post an early warning sign that a speed camera is waiting for the driving public at the bottom of the exit ramp. Obey the speed limit of 30 mph.
I believe that a warning will serve as a less costly deterrent because the goal is to eliminate speeding, right?! Not unjustly enrich the Evil Empire. If a driver ignores the warning, then he has no one to blame but himself.
What do you think? Fair or foul?
[Major kudos for some great reporting by Sheepshead Bay Bites!, and our great friend Mike from Brighton Beach for alerting us to the speed camera story].