Cuomo Signs Law Vastly Expanding Speed Cameras In NYC School Zones

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo invoked a mother's instinct to protect as he signed legislation on Mother's Day that expands the number of speed cameras in New York City school zones.

The cameras were in peril last summer – all 140 of them went out entirely when the state Legislature couldn’t agree on an extension.

Cuomo stepped in with an executive order just before the school year began to get them back on and give lawmakers more time to agree.

“Speed cameras work, it’s just undeniable,” Cuomo said Sunday.

The governor says walking to and from school can be the most dangerous part of the day for kids.

“Especially in this city, with this complexity, with this density, with this energy, with that New York ‘hurry up,’ with the constant frenzy,” Cuomo said.

The increase in cameras is a reason to celebrate for mom Amy Cohen, who lost her son five years ago and co-founded Families for Safe Streets.

“To truly honor motherhood, we would not ask New Yorkers every 40 hours to bury their children, their parents, their loved ones. We would not dismiss the 150 people injured every day and the thousands who suffer life-altering injuries each year,” Cohen said.