Of all the ways Roosevelt Boulevard could be made safer, a cynic might guess that officials would fixate on the one that promises substantial government revenues and contracts. Hence the push for legislation to allow the state's first speed-enforcement cameras on the deadly dozen-lane thoroughfare.
The cameras, which automatically photograph speeders so they can be cited by mail, could well help tame the boulevard if their implementation avoids a host of potential pitfalls. But so could a number of low-tech, low-cost, and already-legal safety improvements.
Roosevelt Boulevard has drawn renewed attention since a suspected drag racer killed 28-year-old Samara Banks and three of her sons as they tried to cross its broad swaths of asphalt last summer. The family's fate was only a particularly horrific example of the street's dangers. More than 20 pedestrians have been killed on the boulevard over the past five years, and more than 130 have been struck.