Question: Thoughts on New Red Light Traffic Cameras?

Traffic cameras are quickly popping up along Rt. 112.

Traffic cameras have been installed along Route 112 in Patchogue this year to catch "red light runners" but have angered some residents with tickets.

Enforcement is the key to getting people to comply with a law, but communities like Patchogue and Medford don't have the resources to allow police to patrol intersections as often as needed to ticket all motorists who run red lights.

Studies have shown that the presence of cameras helps to cut red light running. However, since their installation more and more residents have complained about unjust tickets.

How do you feel about the new cameras? Have you received a ticket? Are you more cautious when approaching the intersection or turning to make a right while the light was red? Is there a place that you would like one added?

Joanne May 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM
I always stop for a red light. However I received a ticket at another location because I was afraid to stop at the yellow light and get rear ended by the car in back of me that was seriously on my bumper.
JAZ May 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Joe May 24, 2011 at 01:44 PM
As stated by Joanne, camera's do not have a police officers ability to take in the entire situation in determining a ticket. However my biggest issue with them is I believe the flashes are distracting. In the case of Route 112 & Sunrise Hwy, the flashes pose more of a risk to driving below on Sunrise Hwy than someone that would run a red light. Not to mention this is a profit making venture for the company that runs it, with the county getting a small percentage.
Barbara Ann O'Dell May 24, 2011 at 02:58 PM
I agree its just a 'ruse for revenue'..if they were truly installed for safety concerns, instead of just paying a fine..points would be added..just as though you were pulled over by the police. This is just another way to increase revenue.
Through the Looking Glass May 24, 2011 at 03:55 PM
They may or may not have been seriously installed for safety, but I witness far too many drivers going through lights that aren't only red, they've BEEN red. I see the driver who speeds up when the light turns yellow and the totally inconsiderate fools who roll around the corner on a red at speeds approaching 20 MPH. The light may catch some innocents but I'm hoping they'll catch more of the crass and obnoxious ones who really don't care about anyone nut themselves.
Robert F Edwards May 24, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Bob Another money making ploy from our officals The money goes to Denver Colo. Whats up with that?
Jenn H. May 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Slave to the traffic light Slave See the city, see the zoo Traffic light won't let me through http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=5XWPTd77HXM Lol... Yea but seriously how many accidents have been caused by someone running a light!?
JAZ May 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Ops ,sorry about my typing error..."Ruse is correct"
Jim May 25, 2011 at 12:23 AM
ATS, the company running many red light cameras, has just been exposed as being behind a lot of the pro-camera comments posted online. The expose caused the suspension of an ATS VP, last Wednesday. If you go to the website of the Everett (WA) Daily Herald (heraldnet.com) and put Kroske into the search box, the articles will come up. But don't stop there. Kroske was just one of ATS' spokesmen. There's at least one other, and he is potentially much more dangerous. He is Mark Rosenker, former chair of the NTSB. Having retired from the NTSB he now is Senior Advisor to an ATS-supported pro-camera group. Taking advantage of his ('til now) top notch credentials, Rosenker has been granted numerous pro-camera "guest columns" in newspapers around the country in which he mentioned his current position as Senior Advisor to the National Coalition for Safer Roads but never disclosed that the NCSR is supported by ATS.
Geraldine May 25, 2011 at 01:30 AM
If you run a red light, you're driving too fast and could hit a child, adult, or someone's pet. Suffolk County has the highest traffic fatalaties in the state. Get over yourselves and obey the law. I'm tired of people driving too fast and getting pissed off if you don't.
Dan Brooks May 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Lets concentrate on the fact that there is a high rate of people who purposely speed through red lights that have been red. Let the cameras do the work and make people take not as well as draw some revenue for the Town. I'll admit maybe the revenue could be addressed further, but its a win if someone learns a lesson from running a red light.
Cindy May 26, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Every single time I am out driving, I witness folks who completely ignore stop signs, folks that drive on my side of the road because their side has a parked car, folks tailgating me, folks running red lights, folks driving down my quiet residential street (in a school zone) at 40+MPH, folks driving right through a stopped school bus with it's lights beaming red to stop so the children can get safely out, folks driving 80 MPH in a 55 MPH and this list is endless. All this and I work and shop locally. I don't drive oodles of miles every day. This is all happening in the Patchogue area. Driving has become a free-for-all. Ignorant drivers are using their super big trucks as weapons. Sorry, I obey the laws and I think more cameras are necessary. I also feel that that there should be consequences. Who gets hurt by running a red light? This is a really stupid question that I can't believe someone actually asked. Well, My son and I were hit head-on on Shaber and N. Ocean because some idiot ran the red light. This was a super serious accident where we were both cut out of my small car (we were hit by a big SUV). We are alive and now live with the residue effects such an accident can cause. Long Islanders need to slow down, leave earlier, have some patience, go to anger management classes and just be respectful on our roads. Something really needs to be done out here. Folks in other parts of the country DO NOT DRIVE like this. This isn't normal.
Jake June 02, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Just a money making ploy. Another example of " big brother" What next?


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