News: NY Bloomberg Suggests Shaming Speeders As Form Of Punishment

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New York City Mayor Suggests Shaming Speeders As Form Of Punishment
An interesting idea to discourage lead-footed drivers

Jun 25, 2012

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed an interesting idea for discouraging speeding: Public shaming.

Bloomberg, frustrated with the state legislature’s unwillingness to vote on proposed speed-cameras that would be placed in the city’s most dangerous intersections, voiced his idea on his radio show on Friday in order to slow down speeders and keep residents safe.

“We’ll put up their names and pictures someplace,” he said. “Maybe we can shame them, and we should look at that, because if Albany is not going to let us do this stuff, we’ve got to save lives.”

Speed cameras are already in use in many communities throughout the U.S. They record the speed of a car and can take a picture of the license plate and issue a citation to the offender if they were going over the limit. NYC hopes to issues fines of up to $100, according to the New York Time’s blog City Room, but can’t until the legislature gives permission to do so.

Could shaming speeders really get people to slow down? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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