New York City Council asks state for speed cameras

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New York City Council members pushed a speed-camera program forward on Wednesday with a vote to petition state lawmakers to approve a pilot program.

Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn wants lawmakers to gently slide into the program, with an initial approval of 40 cameras for five of the city’s districts, the New York Post reports. The idea, she said, is to catch speeders.

“Some people feel that again, Big Brother is watching, but I want you to know that if you’re going 50 miles an hour at a school site or near a senior center, I would like Big Brother to watch, I would like you off the street,” another council member who heads the Transportation Committee said in the Post.

Even with the support of city governing officials, the legislation could fail. Similar bills brought to the state over the past couple years have failed, the Post says.

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