Red Light Camera Fee Increase Ruled Unconstitutional

A recent administrative fee added by Suffolk County onto red light camera charges has been ruled unconstitutional by a state Supreme Court justice. Red light cameras have long been an area of contention due to both their proliferation and their debatable legality. This decision is a victory for those who advocate against the cameras, although it merely reduces their cost in Suffolk County, rather than eliminating them entirely.… Read the rest

Red Light Cameras Reduces Rate of Fatal Red Light Running Crashes By 24 Percent in 14 Large Cities

We’ve written previously about whether red light cameras are primarily intended to raise revenue. A new analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows red light cameras saved 159 lives in 2004-08 in 14 of the biggest US cities. Extrapolating this data to all large cities, a total of 815 deaths would have been prevented. The results shows that red light cameras reduce not only fatal red light running crashes, but other types of fatal intersection crashes as well.

Red light running killed 676 people and injured an estimated 113,000 in 2009.Sixty-four percent of the deaths were people other … Read the rest

Red-Light Cameras Money But No Points

Unfortunately, I can write from personal experience about the 60 red-light cameras that have been installed in Nassau County since last summer. No, not from driving, but from the envelope received that contained a friendly Notice of Liability Red Light Camera Violation.

Although the vehicle was being driven by someone who shall remain nameless, the Notice stated that under the law the registered owner of the vehicle is liable to pay a fine. The Notice even came with 3 color photos and an internet link to a video of the infraction, which video completely destroyed the defense being offered by … Read the rest

Nassau County’s Red-Light Cameras Catch Red Light and Right on Red Violators: Will They Really Improve Traffic Safety or Mostly Generate Revenue for the County?

Beginning on Thursday, August 6, 2009, Nassau County on Long Island initiated a red-light camera program, with cameras placed at two intersections to videotape motor vehicles running red lights and send tickets to the vehicles owners. It has now come to light that the cameras are not just catching red light violators they are also issuing $50 “robo-tickets” to motorists who make right turns on red without coming to a full stop. And the 19 legislators who voted unanimously for the red-light camera program are claiming that they are shocked, shocked to learn this.

Studies including one by Congress have … Read the rest