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Talk Back: Are You a Fan of More Red Light Cameras?

County approves measure to double the number of red light cameras.

Newsday reported Tuesday that officials have given the green light to installing more red light cameras in the county. 

The county legislature passed a measure to allow 100 intersections, up from the current 50, to be set up with the cameras, the report says. 

No word yet on where the new cameras may be installed.

What's your take? Do you support more red light cameras in Suffolk County? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section. 

Pazi Steklo June 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I am NOT a fan of red light cameras. I am a fan of people learning how to drive so that there is no need for them. Saddly this will never hapen as most drivers on this sand barge we call Long Island are selfish and don't care about anyone but themselves.
Leo Lehman Jr. June 07, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I am a fan of the County saying they do this for Safety Purposes meanwhile in reality they Boast about how Many Millions will be made for Suffolk County due to these camera lights.... At this Rate Suffolk will Approve of Cameras in our Neighborhoods in an effort to fight Crime & make SCPD look more Lazy then they already are... Soon we will have "Stop Sign Lights"...
Ryan Bonner (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
From our Facebook page: Danielle Tricia: The answer is simple, don't break the law by running a red light, and you won't get the ticket... Keri Licata: Not a fan, but the only plus, is maybe a stupid person won't blow a completely red light, and kill someone. Karen Carmen Kraus: I'm tired of almost getting killed by people not stopping on red or blowing through red lights! So if it makes people pay attention to their driving then I'm all for it! On the other hand I don't have faith that all this revenue that they are getting from these tickets will go to proper use. no matter how much money counties and towns have it's never enough! Lizzie Hart Savage: I'm more nervous about accidents from people slamming on their brakes at the yellow lights! Those cameras take the pic even if you're not breaking the line of the intersection plane, so coasts through yellow isn't safe.
kenneth June 08, 2012 at 10:53 AM
sometimes ryan it isnt that cut and dry! i was ticketed for going thru a red light on a rainy day and the light changed from green to yellow i had an idiot behind who was almost attached to my bumper and i knew if i tried to slam on my brakes to stop for the light on the wet road that this idiot was going to end up in my back seat so i went thru the light to avoid an accident. when i went to court the judge didnt want to listen to anything even tho the video showed the guy behind me running the light also and how close he was too me!
Nunzio Vitale June 08, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Stop driving like animals & you won't mind these cameras period.
Joe June 08, 2012 at 11:29 AM
So true!
barry mccreight June 08, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I am from Texas,not sure how your laws work ther,but here you can not have a jury tril to fight the ticket.Also if you do not pay it does not go on your driveing record and they can not arrest you.The advice I got from a lawyer is to ignor any ticket you get in the mail from them.Without due prossess ther is nothing they can do.
barry mccreight June 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Just another scam by local goverment to get into your wallet.
Reiki Summit June 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Several cities have been caught shortening yellow light times to increase ticket camera profits. Red-light cameras remain profitable mostly at poorly engineered intersections. Once an intersection is fixed, the money dries up quickly. And once the money is gone, the cameras disappear. We’ve already seen it happen in North Carolina. After the Courts forced cities to give their profits to local schools, the majority of the ticket camera programs in the state shut down. We need legislation mandating proper yellow light times. Currently, such legislation is largely non-existent.
Pazi Steklo June 08, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Question: Doesn't the town's Dept of Transportation set up the red lights? I would imagine that they have to follow certain guidelines and specs for the timing of each color of the light for a particular intersection according to the results of the DOT's survey of the intersection, based on traffic counts, grade of intersection, amount of corners, speed limit for the area, or specific turning lanes, etc. I can't believe that they just set up the color timing willey nilley as they want. However knowing the crooks who hold public office on this sand barge, anything is possible when it comes to making money for themselves. /Not a civil engineer or anything, just speculating.
George Stenby Jr June 08, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Is that "Spy-on-a-Pole" really what we elected these politicians to do to us?? Don't we pay enough just to live in Suffolk County, without the burden of that camera hanging over our head? What's next -- a meter at the end of my driveway? Stop already!!

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