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Letter: Let voters decide on red-light cameras

A sign indicating the presence of a red-light

A sign indicating the presence of a red-light camera is seen in Baldwin on May 7, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

With regard to charges against Stephen Ruth for allegedly vandalizing red-light cameras [“Red-light cam back in court,” News, June 4], no one believes that vandalizing anything is OK. This will play out in court.

Ruth is accused of cutting wiring in two boxes and cutting down a pole. However, tilting a red-light camera skyward is not vandalism. These cameras supposedly were installed for our safety, but we all know it’s just a money grab by our elected officials.

This is classic government gone wild. Our elected officials unilaterally decided, without our consent, that these devices were necessary. The need for these devices should be voted on by the citizens of Long Island.

Arthur M. Raby, Selden