Legislation to install red-light cameras at up to 50 high-risk intersections throughout Nassau County has passed both the New York State Senate and Assembly.
In the new law, cameras at such intersections would take digital images of the license plates of vehicles running red lights. The County would then mail a fine of up to $50 to the cars' registered owners whenever a camera captures a violation.
The legislation is of special concern to the traffic situation in Massapequa. Traffic accidents at a certain intersection in Massapequa have been an impetus for support by local politicians for such legislation. State Senator Charles Fuschillo (R.-Freeport) has been working to enact the initiative since he first announced it with County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi during an April 2007 press conference.
The press conference was held at the intersection of Carmens Road and Louden Street, at the entrance to the Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.
That intersection has been the site of 70 accidents between 2000 and 2005. County officials claim that 41 of such accidents could have been prevented if motorists had not ignored the traffic signal. Some 53 injuries resulted from those 70 crashes.
The following are the lights in other areas of Long Island targeted for cameras along with the number of crashes from 2000 to 2005:
Albertson-I.U. Willets Road, Willis Avenue-95
I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn Road-47
Herricks- Herricks Road-Shelter Rock Road-64.
New York City is the only municipality in the state that has Albany's permission to install red-light cameras - and the results have been dramatic. The city reported a 73 percent drop in violations between 1994, when the cameras first went up, and 2005. Additionally, the city reported a 41 percent reduction in collisions and 35 percent drop in vehicular fatalities.