What is the Suffolk County Red Light Safety Program?
The county has installed cameras at up to fifty red light intersections as part of the Suffolk County Red Light Safety Program. Chances are good that there’s one in a location near where you live or work on Long Island. This red-light safety program, and the laws that go with it, are intended to curb bad driver behavior by using automated enforcement.
Get answers to the following questions:
- What is the fine for getting caught by a red light camera?
- How to Pay Red Light Tickets
- How long has the program been in effect?
- Are intersections recorded in Suffolk County?
- Do intersection cameras record accidents?
- Can you get intersection camera footage?
- How long do intersection cameras keep footage?
- Can You Order Traffic Camera Footage in Suffolk County?
- Can you request street camera footage?
- How do you request a video from intersection cameras?
- How can a lawyer help me?
What is the fine for getting caught by a red light camera?
The red light camera fine is:
- $50 with no points assessed
- $30 administrative fee
- $25 additional late fee if not paid by the date on the ticket
How to Pay Red Light Tickets
If you were caught by one of the county’s red-light cameras, you can pay your fines in person at:
Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency
H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
There, the parking and violations agency will allow you to pay your fine with cash, money order, or credit card. You can also pay your fines online, by mail, or by phone using your credit card.
Keep in mind that if you pay by check, and it’s declined, you will be assessed a $20 fee. This is an additional administration fee on top of whatever fines you may have for any other traffic and parking violations.
If you don’t pay the fine from your red light camera ticket before the due date of the “Notice of Liability,” it’s the same as admitting that you’re guilty of running red lights. Additionally, if you have requested a hearing and fail to appear, you will also waive your right to further appeal the ticket.
By issuing motorists automated fines where a violation is recorded, the county hopes to make Suffolk County traffic safer. The fees assessed provide a valuable deterrent to vehicle-related violations that result in crashes.
How long has the program been in effect?
The county’s red-light camera program started in 2010 and is intended, not to generate revenue, but to increase safety. In 2009, data shows that 676 people were killed by drivers running lights, and an estimated 113,000 were injured. With this program, the county hopes to stop more of these tragedies from happening and lessen the number of motorists injured each year.
The program is in line with current law and was authorized by New York State. From 2015-2019, Suffolk County cameras recorded 1,200 accidents on average each year. The success of this program in reducing crashes and other related vehicle accidents suggests that there’s no sign of this program ending anytime soon.
How does a red light camera work in Suffolk County?
Are intersections recorded in Suffolk County?
In most cases, a red light camera that’s positioned at an intersection or along a road does not record anything. Cameras at intersections are only in place to monitor traffic flow. If you’re trying to determine liability in an accident, this may not be your best route.
The police in Suffolk County will sometimes monitor these intersection cameras, and may even capture some of the footage for public safety reports. So unless you had an accident when they were gathering footage for their public safety report, there’s little chance your collision was photographed.
Do intersection cameras record accidents?
A red light camera typically only captures a photo or two when its sensors detect a driver, or drivers running a red light or making an illegal turn. When there’s no violation taking place, a red light camera will lay dormant. These cameras will seldom show which drivers may or may not be at fault in a given accident.
Can you get intersection camera footage?
According to the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency, cameras record:
- the vehicle speed
- date and time of the violation
- time elapsed since the start of the red signal
The cameras take video along with two images of the vehicle passing through the red light. Note that the driver of the vehicle is not photographed. This footage can be reviewed online once you have the citation number and PIN printed on the citation you will receive in the mail.
How long do intersection cameras keep footage?
If you were hit by a motor vehicle that failed to stop at a light or stop sign, you’ll want to get the footage. If you think you have a personal injury claim, you’ll need to move fast. Often, it’s quickly deleted or recorded over (if it’s recorded at all). Your lawyer can move fast to try to preserve this important evidence.
Can You Order Traffic Camera Footage in Suffolk County?
Red light cameras will snap pictures and take video when drivers speed through intersections without stopping for red lights. They are intended for traffic safety enforcement and record the number of vehicles, the speed of each, and any accidents that happen in sight of the camera’s lens.
Getting traffic camera footage to use as evidence, even if you weren’t at fault, can be difficult. In most cases, you must either be a licensed law enforcement officer or you will need to contact a lawyer who can help.
Can you request street camera footage?
To view footage from a Suffolk County red light camera violation, you’ll need the citation number and PIN from the citation you receive in the mail. With these pieces of information, you can log in at public.cite-web.com.
How do you request a video from intersection cameras?
Requesting the video, except in rare situations, is not always possible. More often than not, these cameras are only used in real-time monitoring of traffic conditions in order to keep tabs on traffic flow and to adjust traffic signal throughout the day.
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How can a lawyer help me?
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a driver running a red light, an experienced Long Island car accident attorney can help. By moving quickly, your attorney can try to preserve and acquire valuable video evidence that could otherwise be lost. Further, you may not need video evidence to prove your case and a lawyer from our firm can evaluate the specifics of your accident to further determine how to prove liability.
Please contact the attorneys and Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. for a free consultation.