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Suffolk County Lawmaker Looks To Get Rid Of Red Light Cameras

June 20, 2019 - 3:17 pm
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — One lawmaker in Suffolk County is looking to get rid of red light cameras, saying they do more harm than good.

“These cameras need to go and they need to go now,” said Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta.

He says a new study shows accidents at intersections with red light cameras have increased 60 percent in the last three years and are causing drivers to become distracted behind the wheel.

“Of course they should ban them, but they won’t,” Trotta said. “They’re addicted to the money. They’re looking anyway they possibly can to stick their hand in your pocket.”

He adds that if crime increased by 60 percent, there would be an outrage, but instead called the traffic cameras “a money grab.”

The study also shows that serious and fatal accidents decreased.

Paul Margiotta, the head of the county's traffic bureau refutes claims that the cameras are causing the problems and insists distracted driving is the cause of the accidents.

“What’s interesting is nobody is addressing the fact that they're going up everywhere, they're going up at the other intersections as much as they are – or a little less – than at the red light camera intersections,” Margiotta said. “Why is that? It's because distracted driving is creating more accidents all over the place. All you have to do is, if you're driving, look to your left and look to your right, one of those people is texting.”

He also notes that the number of licensed drivers in the county has grown by 45,000 since 2009 and there are also 61,000 more registered vehicles.