Question of the Day: Red Light Cameras, Love Them or Hate Them?

Commack has four red light cameras.

Red light cameras are popping up all over Long Island, and the have got some residents seeing red.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, the installaton of red light cameras at busy intersections has shown a decrease in car crashes by approximately 25 percent.

Still, many residents are fuming over having to pay a $50 ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a light before making a legal turn on red.

Tell us: Do you think red light cameras help prevent accidents or are they just another way to drive in money? Have you ever been "caught" by a red light camera?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

denise May 19, 2011 at 02:55 PM
I think it is crazy. We pay so much money to live on Long Island as it is and now we have these red light cameras???? I think our state should work on many other issues and to me this is not one of them.
Loren Boiarsky May 19, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Oh I've been "caught" alright. TWICE! In my own defense, one was right after the other, so I wasn't aware of the first one until after the second "act" was committed. These cameras may decrease side-impact crashes, but I firmly believe they must be increasing rear-end collisions as people now slam on their brakes. I'm also fairly confident that it's more about money than safety. $50 a pop? What state deficit? Otherwise, why not just delay the green light? A few more second of red to assure all cross traffic has ceased seems to be a quick (though non-money making) fix.
Diane Eder May 20, 2011 at 11:26 AM
So many people have forgotten that driving is a privelege. Unfortunately we're a stressed out society and rush about our days. People drive through those lights on a daily basis. There are laws and many people don't seem to be concerned about them. Stopping at those lights for an extra 90 seconds seems to be such an incredible sacrifice, why? Forget about the $50, let's have some consideration for other drivers and try to make our roads a safer place.
Larry H. May 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM
The bottom line is RED means stop! Right on Red means you can make a right turn after you come to a complete stop! I admit i was guilty of this too until i learned of these cameras. We are all in so much of a rush to get where we are going. I no longer speed up to beat the light when it turns yellow.
David Arpino June 15, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I have no problem with the County trying to raise money, and this is a perfect way to do so. I have never received a "red light ticket" and do you know why? Because I follow the traffic and vehicle laws.


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