GREENPOINT, NY (PIX11)—If you have a need for speed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, start tapping on the brakes. That is because cameras might be watching your every move soon, if State Assemblyman Joe Lentol has his way.
Lentol introduced a bill last week to the State Assembly in Albany to get speed cameras on McGuinness Boulevard. If passed, Lentol said the camera positions would change along the throughway that connects Brooklyn to Queens.
The speed limit on the road, like any other city road, is 30 miles per hour. A study conducted in 2012 showed close to 66 percent of drivers ignored the speed limit. The faster driver clocked was going 50 miles per hour.
"These people have no regard for this residential community. Something needs to be done to stop the situation from escalating," said Matthe Hijulos, a Greenpoint resident.
Right now, speed cameras unlike red light cameras, are illegal in the state of New York. If this bill is passed, Lentol says this will act like a pilot program. The cameras will be set to catch lawbreakers, take a picture and log the driver's speed. If a driver is caught going above the speed limit, a summons will be issued.
Lentol said he hopes the bill passes. Between 2005 and 2009, according to reports, 13 cyclists and 44 pedestrians were struck on McGuinness Boulevard.