City officials are urging state lawmakers to get behind legislation that would place speed cameras in front of schools.
The bill pending before the legislature would institute a pilot program.
Advocates point to evidence like a recent survey that showed that nearly all cars passing P.S. 81 in Riverdale were speeding.
State Senator Jeff Klein commissioned follow-up research, which again found cars speeding outside the school on multiple occasions.
Now, both he and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan are urging lawmakers to act.
"We need to make sure that when someone hits that accelerator in a school zone, they're going to think twice," Klein said. "Because first of all, we want to make sure that if they do, we catch them. And just maybe, just maybe, this will provide a chilling effect where if people know there's cameras by schools, they'll stop speeding and they'll make sure they're not putting our young people in harm's way."
The mayor's office has been among the foremost advocates of speed camera legislation.
The last day of the session is June 20.