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Speed-cam shift: City to move money-spinning camera from parkway exit

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A controversial Sheepshead Bay speed camera that earned the city more than $2.4 million in six months last year is being relocated, according to an elected official who called its lucrative location unfair.

The moneymaking speed camera at the Belt Parkway exit ramp on the Shore Parkway near Ocean Avenue. near a fenced-off location of Abraham Lincoln High School issued nearly 50,000 tickets to drivers between September and December of 2014 as part of Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities, according to the Department of Transportation.

But a local councilman who received hundreds of complaints about the camera said the camera’s placement on an exit ramp behind the fenced schoolyard didn’t protect pedestrians, but merely generated revenue.

“After hearing from countless constituents, it became obvious that this location was only serving to raise revenue for the city and was not protecting pedestrians since it was not placed near any crosswalks or intersecti­ons,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island), who lobbied the city to move the camera.

Treyger announced over the weekend that the camera is now being moved further from the exit and closer to the Ocean Parkway crosswalks near the school to protect the pedestrians who cross the street.

“DOT Commissioner Trottenberg has agreed that the camera should be moved further east towards Ocean Parkway, where it will meet the goal of the speed camera program by protecting the many pedestrians — especially students, seniors and families — who cross Ocean Parkway each day.”

The speed camera, which was only in operation during school days, racked up millions of dollars of tickets in a matter of months, according to data obtained by this paper from the Department of Transportation last year:

• July: 1,931 tickets were issued.

• August: 6,169 tickets were issued.

• September: 14,535 tickets were issued.

• October: 14,604 tickets were issued.

• November: 6,350 tickets were issued.

• December: 5,586 tickets were issued.

But instead of keeping the roads safer, multiple elected officials argued that the camera was causing more chaos. Treyger said that drivers were braking abruptly on the parkway when they realized there was a camera, which disrupted the flow of traffic and potentially increased the likelihood for accidents.

“This location protected no pedestrians and actually made it unsafe for drivers,” said Treyger.

Treyger said the department made the right choice by moving the camera.

“This was a common-sense decision.”

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
Updated 2:09 pm, April 27, 2015
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irenelieber@msn.com from brighton beach says:
give back the money to innocence drivers. I am sick of our govt. They steal from us and we have to be poor and beg for help. No one listens. I am going threw hell with nyc and nys. I really to leave NY. Rules in NYC and NYS are for the politicians not for the driver or consumers. Driving years ago was so at ease, now its tension.
April 27, 2015, 2:35 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Unfortunately Irene there is no sanctuary from political greed. The only reason they're removing the camera is because of all the publicity it has received and everyone is aware of its presence. The city will just remove it and put it somewhere else where us victims will not be aware until the tickets start piling up again. It's amazing to me with all the revenue these cameras have taken in, not one penny from the fees and tolls that we pay has been reduced by the city.
Sooooooo, my friend, who's getting the money?
April 27, 2015, 9:32 pm
Mike says:
Bear in mind that everyone who is whining about these fines has broken the law and is upset because they got caught. These are not innocent victims. They put themselves and others at risk by speeding.
April 28, 2015, 8:40 am
Ace from Bensonhurst says:
Meanwhile back in Councilman Mark Treyger's district there is a brothel/massage parlor or two on every block of 86th street and 18th, 19th, 20th avenue. It is not the moral issue of prostitution with these, it is forced enslavement (human trafficking) of the women "working" there.

And perhaps Mr. Treyger is waiting for the next deadly fire before dealing with all the illegally sub- divided apartments and houses in his district.

But, by all means let's put an end to fining automobile operators for exceeding the legal speed limit and continue to ignore the red light running and failure to yield too!
April 28, 2015, 8:47 am
Gary from Brooklyn says:
The camera was on the service road not the exit ramp. There was amble time to slow down, as one should upon leaving a highway and entering local streets. And speed kills occupants of vehicles as well as pedestrian. Slow down and drive like your family lives there!
April 28, 2015, 9:11 am
Driver from coney island says:
the exit ramp is practically shore pkwy there was no time to slow down it was all about making money just like red light cameras
April 28, 2015, 2:29 pm
Brooklyn Driver from Sheepshead Bay says:
I drive there almost every day and in all the years I've been driving I never saw a single accident there involving pedestrians. That's because there is nowhere and no reason for anybody to cross there. If you cross you end up on the highway. The camera is way too close to the exit to allow for safe reduction of speed. As mentioned in the article, it is all just a DeBlasio’s scam to rob us and make money, just like the new 25 mph speed limit. There should be a way for drivers screwed by DeBlasio to get their money back.
May 9, 2015, 1:27 am

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