2014-07-04 / Columnists

Slice of Life

By Beth Hanning

Speed Cameras. It is basically all anyone in Rockaway is talking about the past few weeks, especially on social media.

Patrick Tubridy has even started a Facebook page entitled: “I Got a Ticket in Rockaway or Broad Channel.” Eighty-two people have joined the group as of July 1, and multiple members have reported receiving more than one ticket. One man claimed to have received nine violations among four drivers in his family.

One interesting item that many people were complaining about on social media sites was the lack of the speed limit being posted.

According to the Department of Transportation’s website’s Pedestrian Safety Report it states “Most New Yorkers do not know the city’s standard speed limit is 30 m.p.h.” People should know the speed limit.

Another interesting question is, where is the money going? As of yesterday, Rockaway Park had two speed cameras: one permanent, one on Beach Channel Drive, and the portable one on 110th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Can’t this money subsidize our beloved ferry?

A recent newspaper article stated that over 11,000 speeding tickets have been issued and has raised over $585,000.

Now, Governor Cuomo has announced that the camera program can be expanded from 20 cameras in New York City to 120.

I am torn on the cameras. Since I live on Newport Avenue, I have the pleasure of relaxing on my porch and witnessing the very high-speed people are driving around the community.

Since I moved there, I have witnessed at least 10 crashes and my brother was involved in one. I definitely think we all need to slow down a bit.

I do want to thank everyone for sharing their “intel” on social media, as well as a special thank you to the man standing in front of the old Stella Maris, waving his hands telling motorists to slow down yesterday.

I should have taken his picture, because at first I thought he was a bit insane.

Then I saw the infamous silver SUV. He definitely saved me $50, and I was going that way on purpose to avoid the Beach Channel Drive trap!

We all need to keep sharing the information. Join Patrick’s group and try to keep people posted.

For the record, my family has received one and I was so happy that it was during the school day so I was at work and could not be the guilty driver.

Fifty dollars donated to New York City!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July everyone. Pray for no rain.

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Uh oh... Brand new to the

Uh oh... Brand new to the area (moved my daughter in to Rockaway park on June 25). BUT... I had been apartment hunting for her for weeks. I'm hoping that I didn't get snagged but... I obvioulsy frequented both Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Blvd. I'll be joining that Facebook page because I have no idea where these cameras are... Thanks for the heads up!!

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