Nicholas Gavin, MD, clinical associate professor in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine and chief of emergency medicine at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, recently penned an opinion piece in the New York Daily News imploring elected officials in Albany to install more life-saving speed safety cameras in school zones around New York City.
“Speeding kills more New Yorkers than drunk drivers and distracted drivers combined,” Dr. Gavin says. “As an emergency physician in a busy urban hospital system, I have seen—far too many times in my career—what happens to the human body when struck by a vehicle that was being driven too fast. And one thing that’s become painfully clear to me is that speed kills, and one of the best ways to keep people safer on our streets is to slow down traffic.”
Additionally, Dr. Gavin points out a vexing quirk in the law that puts the power in the hands of those in Albany, not those who represent New York City neighborhoods through city councils.
“Right now, the Assembly, Senate, and the governor have a chance to build upon the success of the existing speed safety cameras by including the program in the New York State budget,” Dr. Gavin adds. “Even a moderate increase in the number of speed safety cameras allowed in school zones will go a long way to protect our children and increase safety in our communities.”
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