4/7/14

Foxing Red Light Cameras Lowers Pedestrian Strikes

As evidenced by a 14% drop in 2013 ticket revenues, red light cameras, which snap license plates as cars blow through red lights, are changing driver behavior in New York City.

The drop in fines is attributed to motorists' figuring out where the cameras are and slowing down.

Because the city's 190 cameras have been up for a few years now and haven't been re-shuffled, websites -- and some GPS devices -- now tell drivers where the cameras are.

The learning curve has resulted in the city raking in only $33 million in red light fines in 2013, compared to $42 million in 2012.

Never mind, the city Department of Transportation reports that the cameras have increased pedestrian safety and spared lives, with a 20% drop in pedestrian strikes at those intersections equipped with them.

Mayor deBlasio, who wants to put up more red light cameras, has to get permission from Albany before any new cameras can be authorized to issue summonses to speeding drivers.

That's why there's still only 190 red light cameras in a city of 8+ million people.

One Park Slope block association isn't shilly-shallying, having started a petition for a red light camera at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Sterling Place. I know that location well enough to concur that cars and vans routinely run the light there.

The article from the Daily News, which acted like the drop in revenue was a bad thing.

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