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Red light cameras eyed for several New Rochelle intersections
If you're passing through New Rochelle in the next few weeks, you might want to be sure not to run any red lights.
New Rochelle officials are studying several intersections to see whether they are dangerous enough to warrant the installation of red light cameras to crack down on traffic scofflaws. To install the controversial traffic control devices the city would need state legislative approval and data from a recent traffic study demonstrating the need.
The intersections being studied by the city include Main Street and North Avenue, North Avenue and Huguenot Street, Main Street and Webster Avenue, and Webster Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. The study will be conducted during an undisclosed 48-hour period, and the results would be released by the end of the month.
Mayor Noam Bramson has said he wants "see the case laid out" for installing the traffic-control devices before he decides whether to support the move. The cameras were recommended by a residents committee exploring ways to generate more revenue and offset budget gaps.
If the cameras are added, New Rochelle would join a handful of municipalities across the state using the controversial cameras, including Yonkers, which now has 56 cameras installed at 24 intersections.
The city of Yonkers has more than 7.8 million reasons to like red light cameras.
That's how much money the city has taken in the two years since it began issuing tickets to traffic scofflaws using the controversial cameras, which now number 56, located at 24 intersections across Westchester County's largest city.
From October 2010 to October 2012, at least 176,431 red light camera tickets were issued to motorists, according to figures from the city's Parking Violation Bureau. At least 139,136 have been paid to date -- a nearly 80 percent collection rate -- the bureau says.
Proponents of the high-speed surveillance equipment -- used in 14 states nationwide -- say it has been shown to reduce red light violations and crashes at busy intersections. But the technology has drawn its share of critics, including libertarian groups who say the real purpose of the cameras is to fleece taxpayers.