Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Spano Sponsor Red Light Camera Legislation

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NYS Senate Passes Red-Light Safety Camera Legislation

Albany, NY  — The New
York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Andrea
Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) that allows for the installation of new
red-light cameras in the City of Yonkers that will improve traffic safety, and
catch those who speed through intersections placing the lives of other
motorists at risk.

According to a 2007 report by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000
injured nationwide as a result of people running red lights. One person dies
from every 100 red-light related accidents.

The passage of S.3745 authorizes the City of Yonkers
to install up to 25 new red-light cameras. These cameras turn on only when the
light is red, at which point they photograph only the license plate numbers of
drivers who are "in the box", disobeying traffic safety laws. The
City will be required to issue an annual report to the Governor and legislative
leaders detailing the effectiveness of this technology in our community.
"We have all witnessed people who disregard red lights, who speed up after
the light has turned yellow, and who literally endanger the lives of
pedestrians and other motorists," said Senator Stewart-Cousins.
"These cameras are designed to enhance public safety across the City of Yonkers,
and to remind everyone that running red lights is dangerous and illegal."

Traffic violations in more populated communities are more
difficult to enforce due to the impossibility of policing every major
intersection, particularly during rush hours. This legislation includes
protections for vehicle owners from being convicted of a red-light violation if
the vehicle has been reported stolen, or the traffic signal was malfunctioning.
To further safeguard the privacy of drivers, it exempts recorded images from
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law, and requires that municipalities
exclude images of occupants and contents of the vehicle from photographs.

The companion bill, A.7330, introduced by Assemblyman Mike
Spano (D-Yonkers), was passed yesterday by the New York State Assembly,
therefore this legislation now awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

eHeziSenator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Spano Sponsor Red Light Camera Legislation

Comments 8

  1. Can’t wait until some City Haul employee gets jammed for screwing around with the traffic light to increase the number of tickets. The arrests start in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

  2. another day, another violation of privacy. traffic safty; yeah right. just another backdoor tax. wake up citizens, before its too late. vote these bums out.

  3. Here is the companion Bill A.7330
    A07330 Memo:
    TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, the general
    municipal law, and the public officers law, in relation to owner liabil-
    ity for failure of operator to comply with traffic control indications;
    and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
    To reduce motor vehicle crash fatalities, injuries and property damage
    caused by motorists’ failure to obey traffic signals.
    The bill authorizes the City of Yonkers to adopt a local law or ordi-
    nance establishing a 5 year demonstration program to impose monetary
    liability on the owners of motor vehicles for an operator’s failure to
    comply with traffic-control indications within Yonkers. The bill
    authorizes Yonkers to install and operate traffic-control signal photo
    violation-monitoring devices at no more than twenty-five intersections
    within such City at anyone time.
    The bill provides for the form of the evidence of liability and its
    availability for inspection in adjudicatory proceedings, requirements
    for the information to be contained in notices of liability (“NOLs”) and
    the method for delivery to owners alleged to be liable. Requirements
    relating to the adjudication process are provided. The local law enact-
    ing such a demonstration program could provide for penalties of no more
    than fifty dollars for a violation and no more than twenty-five dollars
    for failure to respond. Additionally, the Department of Motor Vehicles
    is directed to deny an application for the issuance or renewal of motor
    vehicle registrations if the applicant has three or more NOLs and/or
    parking violations within an eighteen month period for which the appli-
    cant failed to appear or failed to comply. with rules and regulations
    following entry of a final decision. The bill also contains provisions
    addressing owner liability with leased or rented motor vehicles.
    Additionally, the bill requires the demonstration program to utilize
    necessary technologies to ensure that photographs produced by photo
    violation-monitoring systems not include images identifying a vehicle’s
    driver, passengers or contents, to the extent practicable. Recorded
    images would not be subject to FOIL. NOLs are not deemed a conviction as
    an operator, therefore there would be no points on the owner’s driver
    license as it would not made part of the driver’s license operating
    record, nor used for motor vehicle insurance purposes. The bill provides
    defenses to an allegation of liability: there would be no liability if
    the vehicle was reported stolen and was unrecovered prior to the time
    the violation occurred, or if the traffic control indications were
    malfunctioning at the time of the alleged violation. Demonstration
    program equipment is subject to the provisions of section 103 of the
    general municipal law. Finally, the City is required to submit an annual
    report to the Governor and Legislature on the results of the use of
    photo violation-monitoring systems.
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that
    in 2005 alone, nearly 9, 200 people died and approximately one million
    people were injured in intersection-related crashes. According to 2005
    data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, crashes caused by
    red light running resulted in an estimated 805 fatalities. Within the
    State of New York, motor vehicle fatalities involving crashes at inter-
    sections have climbed from 30% of all fatalities in 2004 to 35% of all
    fatalities in 2007, the last year for which traffic fatality data is
    Engineering countermeasures can help to improve signal visibility and
    conspicuity and others, such as advanced warning flashers, signal ahead
    signs, can increase the likelihood of stopping. However, enforcement
    also is needed to counteract violations, whether intentional or uninten-
    tional. The authorization provided by this bill for a red light camera
    demonstration program within the City of Yonkers will help the City to
    address red light violations. This, in turn, will improve the safety of
    all who travel through or across intersections in Yonkers.

  4. What we need are red-handed sensors that would catch politicians red-handed with their hand in the trough. Until we get that we will be paying too much for too little.

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