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Center Moriches Update

Kids-going-back-to-school-MediumOP-ED by Kelly Platt

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!
Tuesday was the first day back to school for most kids. Some parents were teary eyed while sending their little ones off to school.
The most important message that I would like to put out there is to those motorist who have to drive through a school zone, please obey the posted school zone speed limit. Speed cameras will not be installed in the school zones until sometime next year.
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 drivers 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 it’s 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.
Long Islanders certainly dodged the bullet with Hurricane Hermine, on top of that, the Suffolk County Executives office certainly put many residents on the edge when County Executive Steve Bellone’s office issued for all Suffolk County residents to evacuate Suffolk County. The Department of Transportation would have seen numerous traffic jams and accidents on the roadways if that was a real issued notice.
Inclosing, I want to give my condolences to the O’Loughlin Family on the passing of Jack O’Loughlin. Jack was successful business owner and community advocate.

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