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Smile! You’re on Camera

Nassau County Red Light Camera Intersections

As of Dec. 22, red light cameras are installed, or under construction at 50 intersections with a total of 152 cameras.

It was said the Department of Public Works (DPW) was initially asked to propose locations in each town, but upon closer study, discovered many towns had fairly safe intersections. The engineering required to install red light cameras at each selected intersection is significant, almost similar to traffic lights themselves—an expensive undertaking.

The final installment list focused on intersections with significant accident activity. For that reason camera intersections are distributed throughout the county, but not in every town. While many view the cameras as a new ATM cash cow for Nassau County, DPW seems to have put ‘improved safety’ at the forefront of its decisions.

Have you ever been at an intersection where the camera flashes with no apparent vehicle in, or proceeding through, the intersection? That was said to be normal as a camera performs periodic self-testing when it photographs the red -yellow-green light sequence simply to monitor the traffic light timing.

Also, it was said not every photographed vehicle results in a summons. Photographs are reviewed by staff to catch unintended circumstances, such as, but not limited to, a vehicle that stops in an intersection to allow a pedestrian to cross during which time the traffic light changes.
Complete Cameras

Atlantic Ave. at Lawson Blvd./Rockaway Ave.    4

Atlantic Ave. at Ocean Ave.    3

Austin Blvd. at Long Beach Rd.    2

Bellmore Ave. at Merrick Rd.    2

Bellmore Ave. at Newbridge Rd.    3

Broadway/Hicksville Rd. at Old Country Rd.    3

Central Ave. at Stewart Ave.    2

Charles Lindbergh Blvd. EB at Earle Ovington Blvd.    3

Daly Blvd. at Long Beach Rd.    2

Earle Ovington Blvd./Uniondale Ave. at Hempstead Tpk.    4

Glen Cove Rd./Clinton Rd. at Old Country Rd.    2

Glen Cove Rd. at Westbury Ave.    4

Grand Ave. at Merrick Rd.    4

Guinea Woods Rd./Glen Cove Rd. at IU Willets Rd.    2

Hempstead Tpk. at Merrick Ave.    4

Hempstead Tpk at Newbridge Rd.    4

Hempstead Tpk at Wantagh Ave.    2

Jerusalem Ave. at Uniondale Ave.    4

Jerusalem Ave. at W. Old Country Rd.    4

Lakeville Rd. at Marcus Ave.    2

Lakeville Rd. at Union Tpke.    4

Long Beach Rd. at Mott St.    2

Marcus Ave. at New Hyde Park Rd.    3

Merrick Ave. at Stewart Ave./Park Blvd.    2

Merrick Rd. at Milburn Ave.    4

Merrick Rd. at Park Blvd./Harbor Ln.     2

Merrick Rd. at S. Merrick Ave.    3

Mill Rd. at Peninsula Blvd.    3

N. Broadway at Nevada St.    2

Nassau Expy. at Rockaway Tpk.     2

New Hyde Park Rd. at Union Tpk./Marcus Ave.    2

Old Country Rd.  at Post Ave./

Merrick Ave.    3

Old Country Rd. at Ring Rd.    3

Old Country Rd. at S. Oyster Bay Rd.    4

Old Country Rd. at Salisbury Park Dr./School St.     4

Old Jerusalem Rd. at Wantagh Ave.    2

Peninsula Blvd. at Woodmere Blvd.    2

Sunrise Hwy. at Unqua Rd./Park Ln.    3

Guinea Woods Rd./Glen Cove Rd. at Jericho Tpk.    3

Glen Cove Road. At Northern Blvd.    3

Testing Cameras

Burnside Ave. at Nassau Expy/Rt. 878    4

Construction Cameras

Gardiners Ave./Jerusalem Ave. at Hempstead Tpk./Rt. 24    4

Hempstead Tpk./Rt.  24 at Nassau Blvd.    4

Northern Blvd./NY 25A at Shelter Rock Rd.    3

Searingtown/Port Washington Blvd. at Northern Blvd.    4

Brush Hollow Rd./Cantiague Rock Rd. at Jericho Tpk.      4

Jericho Tpk./NY 25 at Underhill Blvd.    3

Sunrise Hwy. at Wantagh Ave.    4

Lakeview Ave. at Peninsula Blvd.    4

S. Oyster Bay Rd. at Woodbury Rd.    2

Locally, cameras on Northern Boulevard at Shelter Rock Road and at Searingtown Road are in the installation process. Rich Bentley, president, Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations, alerted Nassau County Department of Public Works (DPW) that the flashing camera at Shelter Rock Road and Northern Boulevard creates a problem for nearby homeowners who must endure a  ‘disco light” effect in their homes. DPW, he was informed, will install ‘shields’ on the camera’s flash device.

Getting ahead of the curve Bentley asked for a DPW and Police Department clarification, as it will affect camera activity, regarding eastbound Northern Boulevard vehicles traveling in the center lane then making a right turn onto Shelter Rock Road from the center lane when the green arrow is on. There is room for two Northern Boulevard lanes to turn south onto two Shelter Rock lanes. Thus, many drivers do this as it alleviates traffic congestion. It does not seem the 6th Precinct tickets cars for turning right onto Shelter Rock Road from the center lane on Northern Boulevard when it is possible to do so, but a clarification, or updated lane markings,  is needed if activity in the  area is photographed.