New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Cautions Motorists and Students as School Year Begins

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City officials have unveiled more speed cameras equipped with radar especially in school zones to help gauge the speed of passing vehicles, according to a Sept. 2 article in The New York Times. New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm says it is crucial that both motorists and students exercise caution around school zones to help prevent tragic accidents.

Slowing speeding motorists near schools was one of the major goals of the mayor's Vision Zero program, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city

New York city officials are using their newest tools, which they hope will slow down speeding motorists in school zones. In a Sept. 2 New York Times article Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city has begun deploying the radar cameras near schools where speeding has been a problem.

A law passed in Albany this year allowed the city to add 120 cameras in addition to the 20 it had begun installing in January, the article stated. The law also approved the use of speed cameras around schools on Long Island. Some of the cameras are already in use at Nassau County schools since they opened last week, the Times reports.

Slowing speeding motorists near schools was one of the major goals of the mayor's Vision Zero program, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city, the article states. There are now 23 speed cameras in use with plans to increase that number to at least 40 by the end of 2014 and the full 140 cameras by 2015, the Times reports. Most of these cameras are mounted on cars that belong to the Transportation Department and violators exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles an hour face fines of $50 in addition to other administrative costs, the article states.

"I certainly hope that an increase in monitoring and enforcement drastically reduces the number of pedestrian accidents, especially in school zones, as our children head back to school," said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "When a car strikes a pedestrian, it is almost always the pedestrian who suffers serious or life-threatening injuries.

Wilhelm offers the following safety tips for motorists as children head back to school this year:

1. Slow down and obey all speed limits both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.
2. Make sure you comply with local school drop-off and pick-up procedures.
3. Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of the car, which could block visibility for other children and motorists.
4. Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces children to cross busy streets mid-block rather than at a crosswalk or intersection.
5. Prepare to stop for a school bus when the yellow lights are flashing.
6. Always look out for children who are biking both on the road and the sidewalk in areas near the school.
7. Watch for children when backing up out of a driveway.

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