Staten Islanders Protest Speed Cameras On Hylan Blvd

On Thursday, August 18th, John Matland, Republican Primary candidate, organized a speed camera protest on Hylan Blvd in Staten Island.

Island residents joined together to protest the speed cameras as being an infringement on their rights, including the rights to privacy and due process. The speed cameras have been placed in “school zones,” which have been enlarged to be within a quarter of a mile of any school, in order to allow the placement of more and more speed cameras (over 2,000 and counting altogether in New York City), and are now operating 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Many New York City residents are lower income. While the cameras may not discriminate between low and high income individuals, some residents cannot afford the high fines that come with the cameras, especially when they are newly placed.

While speeding is, of course, something that drivers should not be doing, there are other, more effective ways of getting drivers to speed less.  Flashing yellow lights with pedestrian crossing signs may be more effective than speed cameras in school zones.

According to Mr. Matland, BP Fossella has also publicly opposed speed cameras as not enhancing pedestrian safety, or saving lives.

Prior to his election as Borough President, Vito Fossella said of the cameras, “[They are a] money grab for the city.” “Don’t say these speed cameras are going to save lives when all you’re really interested in is… collecting money.”

These speed cameras are, however, here to stay for now, and their numbers continue to grow.



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  • Avatar MONEY GRAB says:


  • Avatar Joey says:

    Props to Mr. Matland, but I can say this:

    I pased thru that day. I saw them. I hate speed cam scams. But i did not beep.


    Okay. I voted for Donald Trump in 2016. He promised to drain the swamp and his cabinet was the swamp literally. Did he troll us?

    I was not happy with his performance. And so in 2020 I did not vote.

    Then there’s the stolen documents. Until we know for sure, who knows.

    My point is, a lot of people may have agreed wit he message but didn’t like the big Trump sign on that bus behind them.

    The rocket guy Elon Musk said he wants Trump to sail into the sunset after he tantrumed. Really, I see it as a sinking ship. Conservatives shouldn’t associate themnselves with him. He will never win the moderate vote again. New faces. That will help. Mr. Matland is well spoken and seems like a good guy.

  • Avatar Fred G. says:

    get the f*** out

    know what? The ppl making $$ of us live in our community

    this is all a racket and that is that

  • Avatar ¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º° G-A-I-N-N-A °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸ says:

    The guy with the big Scamera. That is so creative.

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