The following idea was proposed by reader Trying To Make Sense, who is curious to see what you all think of Neighborhood Enforcement Traffic Zones (Safety NETZ). Take the poll at the end when you’re done reading this idea.
How would you all like our Assemblyman to support home rule legislation applicable to all NYS Munis to improve road safety in neighborhoods, let’s call it Safety NETZ (Neighborhood Enforcement Traffic Zones) legislation.
It begins with local munis being empowered to create Safety NETZ in residential neighborhoods within their villages/towns/cities. These would be areas in residential neighborhoods where clear signage announces that fines and points will be drastically increased for moving violations, not dissimilar from construction zones we encounter with such signage on NYS highways.
The difference, in order to incentivize enforcement, would be to allow participating munis or their police departments to keep the extra fine $ for local use. Hell, maybe even allow speed cameras in locations or moveable locations so that motorists who speed understand that neighborhood safety, the wellbeing of our children, sisters, fathers, and neighbor, our loved ones, is non negotiable. No gotcha cameras like the one that was on Lido Blvd, just street locations in NETZ where people live and play. Everyone forewarned, no tolerance clearly defined. Of course there would be typical leeway of 9 mph or so up to 34 mph so as not to transform the average citizen into a lawbreaker.
Sanity, safety, incentive and revenues I say respectfully. What say you. Take the poll and let us know!