Red Light, Green Light, Go
Speed cameras should be explored for the Long Island Expressway, said a Nassau County official in reaction to nine people being killed in crashes on the road in the month of August alone. Nassau Comptroller George Maragos tweeted, “Something has to be done to eliminate this weekly sorrow. Perhaps speed cameras on the LIE?”
There is no doubt about it, traffic cameras are a contentious issue. Some feel they are a money making scheme, rigged to trap drivers, while others say they are a safety device that changes behavior.There is even a Facebook page, “New Yorkers Against Red Light Cameras.” Some claim the duration of yellow lights is shortened to trick cars into citations.
The bottom line is these programs need to be created for SAFETY, not revenue.
The Chicago Tribune recently commissioned a major study to investigate Chicago’s red light camera system. It was revealed that the system as a whole is actually making Chicago intersections less safe. Rear end collisions increased 22 percent at intersections with red light cameras.
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has statistics that differ from this Chicago study. It reports that total red-light running crash fatalities decreased 22 percent from 2007 to 2011, as the number of communities with red-light safety cameras increased 135 percent.
How are Tickets Issued?
New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1111(d) 1 states that “facing a steady red signal… (traffic) shall stop before entering intersection….and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown.” Red light cameras interpret the law in such a way that if any part of the vehicle has not entered the intersection when the light turns red, then a ticket will be issued.
In Nassau County, drivers can receive a citation for making a left turn when the light is red; going straight through a red light; making a right on red but failing to make a complete stop; or blatantly disregarding a red light.
If you have become a victim of an intersection accident involving red light cameras, consult with an attorney regarding your rights as you may be entitled to compensation. If you or someone you care about has been injured, contact Rosenberg & Gluck, personal injury attorneys, for a free, confidential legal consultation to learn more about your options.