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Recently, the New York State Legislature passed a law that authorizes Nassau County to install up to 50 red light cameras throughout the county. The cameras will be used to catch motorists who go through red lights as a way to make roads safer and bring in additional revenue to the county by levying fines at violators.

Among the locations slated to receive the red light cameras are the intersections of Elmont Road and Dutch Broadway in Elmont, Elmont Road and Linden Boulevard in Elmont, New Hyde Park Road and Tulip Avenue in Franklin Square and Franklin Avenue and Corona Avenue in Franklin Square. There are no red light cameras slated for West Hempstead.

In the Assembly Bill A07329, which is the legislation for the red light cameras, it cites as justification for the bill dangerous traffic conditions on Hempstead Turnpike. "The Nassau County Traffic Safety Board reports that three of New York's deadliest roads are Hempstead Turnpike, Old Country Road and Sunrise Highway," the legislation states.

However, there are no red light cameras slated for Hempstead Turnpike.

The legislation for the county to get the authorization to install the cameras was supported by Assemblyman Tom Alfano and Senator Craig Johnson. "It's an important piece of legislation because it does promote safety on the roads. It's clearly a technology that works," said Johnson.

- Joe Rizza


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