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Suffolk County Red Light Camera Program Extended Another Year

September 20, 2018 - 1:34 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The red light cameras will stay on for another year in Suffolk County.

A committee voted unanimously to extend the program through 2019 despite opposition from some local lawmakers who say the program was created to reduce revenue and not to improve safety.

"We have a wiaver committee that is made up of three people, two of which are appointed by the county executive, which is a kangaroo court. It's like a Mel Brooks movie, 'Oh do you agree with the king?' 'Yea, I agree with the king.' Boom, it passes. It's a joke," said Legislator Robert Trotta.

Studies show that at some intersections in Suffolk County accidents with injuries increased by 700 percent where there are red light cameras, said Trotta.

"I can tell you for sure that at the 34 out of 100 locations where accidents increased over 100 percent those cameras should be shut down immediately," Trotta said.

He believes it's a money grab, not about safety.

"This is nothing more than a cash machine for the county executive who cannot control his spending," Trotta said. "How can you say that it's about public safety when we're having such huge increases in accidents at those locations?"

In a statement to Newsday, the county executive's spokesperson says it's a shame that the Republicans are once again playing politics with public safety.