O’Neill did not say whether he would be willing to support that bill as part of a deal.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association opposes the speed camera push.
“New York City police officers want to make our streets safe for everybody who uses them, but automated traffic enforcement cameras are not the solution,” union head Patrick Lynch said Monday. “Red light and speed cameras cannot do the job of a live, professionally trained police officer — they can’t take a drunk, unlicensed or uninsured driver off the road, and they won’t catch evidence of other crimes that might be apparent to a police officer conducting a traffic stop.”
Dr. Oxiris Barbot, first deputy commissioner of the Health Department, said that when a pedestrian is hit by a car going 30 mph, the victim is twice as likely to die than when the car is going 25 mph. And at schools where there are speed cameras, speeding has fallen an average of 63% and pedestrian injuries are down 23%.
“The good news is that these fatalities are preventable,” she said.