OP-ED by Kelly Platt
I was alerted about this by a friend. Criminals are becoming more creative in finding a way to rob you. BE ALERT while you are driving your vehicle if someone throws an egg at your windshield. DO NOT use your wipers and do not use the wiper cleaner, it will make the egg milky, therefore, making you to have to pull over which makes you be a prime target for criminal’s misdeeds! Be aware of your surroundings and drive safely.
Summer vacation sure went by fast. In the blink of an eye, school starts Tuesday, September 6th, which is the first day back to school for most kids. Some parents will be teary-eyed while sending their little ones off to school after summer break or it may be their very first day of school entering kindergarten or first grade.
A message to those motorists who have to drive through a school zone: Please obey the posted school zone speed limit.
The Suffolk County Legislature held a hearing last year on speed light cameras and then, passed a resolution to seek approval from the state to install these devices outside local schools. The same legislation was approved in the Nassau County Legislature unanimously requesting state permission to install up to 56 of these cameras in school zones. Granted, this will bring in revenue to both counties, but what really is needed, is more police patrol within the school zones to curb drivers speeding in school zones with posted speed limits.
The Suffolk County Police Department will be placing out speed monitoring systems in the coming weeks in strategic areas to catch speeders. If you are pulled over for speeding in a school zone, I believe that is not only a fine you will have to pay, but it will be points on your driver’s license.
Please also be alert when a school bus displays their flashing lights, this is to alert a motorist to stop in both directions and wait for the discharge of children.
For a first conviction in passing a school bus with its flashers on, be punished by a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than four hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days or by both such fine and imprisonment; for a conviction of a second violation, both of which were committed within a period of three years, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than six hundred dollars nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one hundred eighty days or by both such fine and imprisonment; upon a conviction of a third or subsequent violation, all of which were committed within a period of three years, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than seven hundred fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one hundred eighty days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Be alert and drive carefully !!!