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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out angrily at state legislative leaders Wednesday when he realized they’d nixed his request to use speed-tracking cameras for traffic enforcement. His reaction is understandable. Cops have more important things to do than to set up speed traps on city streets; at least they think they do, which is why they tend to give the problem short shrift. But speeding drivers — as well as those who run ...

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April 1, 2013
3:23 p.m.

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A ticket (that does not attach "points" to the owner's driving record) is not unfair at all. We fine the owners of vehicles illegally parked or parked beyond the time on the meter.
Those who permit use of their vehicles to scofflaws should pay the penalty and seek restitution from the culprit they loaned their car to.
And while the cameras might not routinely be used to apply points, they just might very well capture a "good enough" photo of a scumbag like Gallo who fled, allowing his or her capture. The driver who hits your child might not have an ex-girlfriend ready to turn him in.
Similarly to the position of the op-ed piece, towns that want a 15mph speed limit in their downtown shopping district should be allowed to have it, without state approval. We scream about not having federal government telling states what to do, but that's no different than the state dictating to communities.
Driving is a privilege, not a right.

April 3, 2013
4:11 p.m.

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Politicians, especially the down state Democrats moved pretty fast to restrict law abiding NY Gun owners.