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Speeding is one crime that does pay — the city, that is.

A Sheepshead Bay speed camera that was installed last July has issued nearly 50,000 tickets in the past six months, generating about $2.4 million for the city in 2014, according to statistics obtained by this paper from the Department of Transportation.

The controversial camera — which is near a fenced-off location by Abraham Lincoln High School — is at the Belt Parkway exit ramp on the Shore Parkway near Ocean Avenue. The department said the camera is part of Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities, especially near schools. But an elected official who has been fighting the camera’s placement for months said the camera serves no public-safety purpose and is simply a speed trap.

“There are no children crossing there,” said Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay). “If you cross the street, you end up on the parkway.”

The department said that from 2009 to 2013, 242 residents were injured by vehicles within a quarter-mile of the speed camera — 43 were pedestrians, 16 were bicyclists, and 183 were in motor vehicles.

But Deutsch said the camera’s placement could actually increase accident statistics because drivers may be more interested in safeguarding their money than their vehicles.

“When someone comes off the ramp and they realize there is a camera there, they could step on the brakes and that could cause an accident,” he said.

Deutsch believes the camera would be better placed near Ocean Parkway, where there are a lot pedestrians, rather than the isolated stretch where it is now.

“It is not the right place for it to be,” he said.

The peak time for the ticket blitz was at the start of the school year — with 14,535 tickets issued in September and 14,604 in October. Tickets dropped precipitously after that, with 6,350 violations issued in November, and 5,586 in December.

Each ticket runs $50, but the department said not all drivers pay their fines. The Department of Finance did not respond to a request for comment on how many tickets were actually paid.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
Posted 12:00 am, January 26, 2015
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Jay from Bay says:
Ogle you're a hack.
Jan. 26, 2015, 3:55 pm
Glen from Midwood says:
How many different positions does Chaim bave on this camera? Didn't he call it very successful and brilliant?
Jan. 26, 2015, 10:32 pm
Driver from Brooklyn says:
Easy way to avoid getting a speeding ticket: don't speed!

Cry me a river...
Jan. 27, 2015, 9:11 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Nope, no sympathy for whiny law-breakers.
Jan. 27, 2015, 9:16 am
Jacob from Midwood says:
People are getting tickets for breaking the law??? Outrageous!!
Jan. 27, 2015, 9:28 am
Rob Foran from NYC says:
“There are no children crossing there,” said Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay).

This is the latest fashionable argument against cameras. And it ignores facts. Like that you don't have to be a pedestrian to be in danger from a speeding driver, since reckless drivers collide with other cars and injure and kill occupants regularly. You don't have to cross the street to be in danger from speeding drivers, since even people on sidewalks get injured and killed by reckless drivers. Heck, you don't even have to be outdoors....reckless drivers crash into buildings.

Another fact....the only justification our government needs to enforce the speeding laws are that people are speeding. Nobody is supposed to cross most highways, nobody is supposed to cross traffic lanes on bridges, but the speeding laws can justifiably be enforced there too.

It is nice to see that the opponents of adequate traffic law enforcement are reaching the bottom of the barrel of their always demonstrably false arguments against camera enforcement.
Jan. 27, 2015, 10:13 am
Jay from Bay says:
I'm not one to defend Deutsch but these are quotes made by CM Treyger. Ogle just ran an article 6 months late that she ripped off from www.sheepsheadbites.com and misattributed quotes by Mark Treyger to Chaim Deutsch. Hence, she's a hack.
Jan. 27, 2015, 12:05 pm
Alan from Crown Heights says:
A service road along schools and homes is not an appropriate place to be driving at high speeds. The slip lane provides plenty of room to accelerate and decelerate from the highway. It isn't hard to figure out why one should drive at a moderate speed alongside sidewalks full of students:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/students-hurt-out-of-control-car-queens-article-1.1453331
Students don't need to be crossing the street to be hurt by speeding drivers.
Jan. 27, 2015, 12:09 pm
Rob from NY says:
So it is ok to speed, as long as the only people vulnerable are in other cars?

Has Deutsch not seen the pictures of cars all over the city where drivers have careen their vehicles into storefronts and homes, or onto sidewalks? Or into other people's cars?

Every driver needs to slow down, observe posted signs, and stop getting distracted. Period.
Jan. 27, 2015, 12:58 pm
Daniel from Lefferts Gardens says:
With the barrage of out of control driver runs over students on the sidewalk stories we endured in 2014 it is hard to imagine an elected official arguing against people slowing down on that stretch. We also need cameras on the deadly Ocean Parkway. But we also need people to slow down when they leave the expressway and enter streets shared with people not in steel cages.

These cameras don't issue a ticket until you are going over 11 mph above the speed limit! It's fine to argue that there should be a sign when you leave the highway with the speed limit, but don't argue that someone driving at speeds well above what is ever safe on a city street is a victim.
Jan. 27, 2015, 3 pm
Dr Berger from Weathersfield says:
Thank God I left Brooklyn.
Jan. 27, 2015, 4:19 pm
Boris from Brighton Beach says:
Clearly anyone that is in support of this particular camera has zero clue about it's location. I challenge any of you to take a ride on the Belt and get off at the Ocean Parkway exit. In all likelihood before you even realize there is a camera there you will already be awarded your Red Light Camera fine.
Jan. 28, 2015, 11:47 am
Anthony from SheepsheadBAy says:
All you fools --- These cameara's are SCAM CAMS. No camera is ever going to fix people speeding...EVER. There will never be ZERO deaths. It is a way to generate MONEY. Nassau County proved this and got rid of them! The County next to NYC is no different, but only has SMARTER people who see through the BULL and see them for what they are...a way to tax the working class. Yes, I said it, Working class. I don't care what you think...STOP GIVING YOUR RIGHTS AWAY! FIGHT FOR THEM! Remember, they are unconstitutional -- you have no right to question your accuser. I would rather have POLICE there in these so called dangerous areas. At least you can go to the corrupt judges and get a day in court...You then have the right to due process as you rights allow for you. All you people who think a camera is better than actual police are fools! Keep giving up your rights......anyone remember 1930's....something similar happened..FOOLS!
Jan. 30, 2015, 8:17 pm
Anthony from Sheepshead Bay says:
Dr. Berger....yes, you are right...its time to leave for sure. Between this idiot mayor and the governor (thanks everyone for voting for him again...thanks so much!) is forcing MORE AND MORE people and business to leave NY. It is sad, but it is one thing that you cant deny. These are facts.

Its so funny to HIDE nonsense "FOR THE CHILDREN!" . How about parents be parents and take your childs hand and not let them walk into the street. Can anyone take responsibility for their childrens actions?

I'd rather see police even thought eh DMV and TVB is very abusive of the court system with no plea bargaining. Again, another WOUNDERFUL law made so that people are now ATM'S for our government to waste.

No matter what side of the fence you vote for, this is common sense!
Jan. 30, 2015, 8:22 pm
Menachem Goldstein from Borough Park says:
Hey Chaim Deutsch, How fast were these drivers going above the speed limit ON the highway, that it's so dangerous for them to slow down when coming off?
Feb. 3, 2015, 8:35 pm
Shimon from Midwood says:
Coney Island ave northbound between L and M a Mobil dot minivan snapping pic of speeders at the rate of 36 pic per hr today 4/14/15
April 14, 2015, 1:26 pm

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