Fall 2001, p.15

Kill Your Speed

City's Dummy Red-Light Camera Plan a Smart Move

In August, the New York Post announced the DOT was adding 200 decoy red-light cameras to complement its existing battery of 50 real ones. Earlier in the summer, State lawmakers turned down the City's request to increase the number of real red light cameras to 100. The proposal to add decoy cameras seemed like a logical response to this setback in their efforts to contain the problem of red light running. Unfortunately, officials at DOT later denied that the proposal was ever on the table.

The use of decoy cameras to multiply the effectiveness of real red-light cameras is standard practice in cities with photo-enforcement programs. Toronto's red-light program deploys three dummy cameras for every ticket-issuing camera. Ten real cameras are rotated among 40 intersections, so drivers never know which are the real cameras and which are not. In London, signs prominently mark the areas where traffic is monitored by photo-radar.

Since 1994, NYC red-light cameras have reduced crashes by as much as 70% and issued over a million tickets.

Write to Governor Pataki and tell him that you support an expanded red-light camera for NYC. Don't forget to send copies to your local elected officials and T.A.

Write to:
Governor George Pataki
Executive Chamber
Albany, New York 12224
gov.pataki@chamber.state.ny.us

Please cc T.A. at info@transalt.org.

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SI Right Turn on Red Waits Governor's Signature

The dangerous bill that would allow right turns on red lights on Staten Island passed both the Assembly and the State Senate this summer. It is now waiting for a signature from the Governor. Both the mayor and the City DOT oppose the bill, which would make crossing the street even more dangerous for pedestrians. According to national studies, 50% of motorists do not stop before turning right on red. Most pedestrian crashes at New York City intersections are the result of motorists failing to yield right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk when turning. This problem will only be aggravated as motorists turning right, look left for on-coming traffic, and turn blindly into the path of pedestrians. The Mayor's office has asked Transportation Alternatives to help stop this seriously flawed legislation.

Write Governor Pataki and tell him that this legislation endangers the public safety and well being of pedestrians and bicyclists in Staten Island and the rest of New York City. Don't forget to send copies to your state elected officials and cc T.A. at info@transalt.org.

Write to:
Governor George Pataki
Executive Chamber
Albany, New York 12224
gov.pataki@chamber.state.ny.us