Proposal seeks posted warnings of red light cameras for NYC drivers

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A new bill in the City Council would have the city warn drivers of red-light cameras, like those pictured here on Second Avenue and East 42nd Street.
Credit: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive

Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio introduced a new bill Wednesday that would post warnings for drivers at intersections where there are red light cameras overhead.

The locations aren’t currently disclosed to the public, but the city has 150 intersections equipped with the cameras.

“If red light cameras are just about traffic safety, and not just about generating revenue, then we should give motorists every opportunity to make the right decision and slow down at these intersections,” Ignizio said Wednesday.

“This administration is obviously committed to traffic safety and reducing fatal accidents, so I think we should have a comprehensive conversation about how to achieve that, with an understanding that these cameras are not a panacea.”

A second bill, introduced alongside the first, would require the installation of pedestrian countdown clocks wherever red light cameras are placed.

Ignizio cited similar work in New Jersey, suggesting that the city look at how the neighboring state have launched similar efforts.

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that his administration would seek to get more red light cameras for the city, a move that requires legislation from Albany.

As part of the Vision Zero campaign to eliminate all pedestrian deaths across the five boroughs, de Blasio said that City Hall would fight for the ability to deploy both red light and speeding cameras at will, rather than through the state.

The current red light system is part of a larger, statewide pilot program. It’s set to expire in 2014 without reauthorization in Albany.

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