Assemblyman Lavine Sponsors “Red Light” Camera Legislation

Measure to improve driver and pedestrian safety
April 16, 2007

Glen Cove, NY – Assemblyman Charles Lavine (13th District) will sponsor legislation to allow Nassau County to install 50 “red-light” cameras as selected high-risk intersections in the County.

The concept, proposed by Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi, will allow for the installation of digital cameras to take images of license plates of vehicles entering an intersection after a light has turned red. A $50 summons is then mailed to the car’s registered owner. The measure needs approval by the State and the Nassau County Legislature.

New York City, the only municipality in the State with legislative permission to use red-light cameras, has had dramatically successful results with the program, reporting a 73% drop in violations since the cameras were installed in 1994, and a dramatic decrease in collisions and auto fatalities.

Assemblyman Lavine joined Suozzi in making the announcement at the intersection of Carmans Road and Louden Street, the site of 70 accidents between 2000 and 2005. “Protecting our citizens’ lives and safety is government’s first responsibility,” Lavine said. “Drivers who run red lights in Nassau County pose a serious danger. Because photo monitoring has reduced the threat of red-light running in other municipalities, I urge my Assembly colleagues to approve the installation of these life saving devices.”

The Suffolk County Legislature passed a similar resolution last month asking Albany for permission to install cameras.

Besides Assemblyman Lavine sponsoring the legislation to the Assembly, the measure was introduced into the State Senate by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick).