New York City was the first city in the nation to put up
intersection cameras to catch red-light runners. Here's how the cameras
work: if your car crosses over the stop line after the light turns red,
say cheese-you are on candid camera! The camera will take a picture of
your car, and then another shot a few seconds later to prove that you
did in fact proceed through the intersection even though the light was
red. The city will go over the pictures, take down the license plate
number in the picture, match it to the vehicle's registered owner and
send the owner a ticket.
New York intersection cameras do have some advantages over the
traditional "wait and chase" method of catching red light runners.
First, it's impossible for the police to be everywhere at once.
However, New York City red light cameras are focused on the city's most
dangerous intersections 24 hours a day. Second, having police officers
chase down violators is often dangerous and can block traffic. With New
York red light cameras, the only person that's inconvenienced is the
owner of the car that ran the red light.
New York City currently has 50 red light cameras installed at various
intersections. They do seem to be serving their intended purpose.
The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running notes that New York has
experienced a 62 percent drop in red light violations at monitored
intersections since the traffic cameras were installed.
The red light camera program is currently confined to New York City
itself, but if you live in Buffalo, Yonkers, Suffolk or Nassau
counties, watch out! Cameras may be coming soon to an intersection near
you. On June 19, 2008, approval was granted for 50 cameras to be placed
in busy intersections in each of these regions.
Dangers of Running Red Lights
In order to get a New York driver's license, everyone has to pass a
test based on that Driver's Manual quoted above. However, many New
Yorkers still won't stop. Sometimes, red light violations are the
result of "cutting it too close" and trying to race the light. Read more...
Number of New York Red Light Tickets Issued
New York City drivers are some of the worst offenders when it comes
to running red lights. For example, according to the National Campaign
to Stop Red Light Running, in 2001 the New York City comptroller
estimated that drivers ran 1 million red lights per day during a
typical work day! Read more...
Red Light Camera Locations
Find a red light camera in your area. Read more...
What Are Traffic Lights?
Traffic lights are structures placed at the intersection of two
roads. Using different colored lights, they let drivers know when it is
their turn to go across the intersection. Wherever there's an
intersection, there's the possibility of an accident if two cars try to
cross at the same time. Read
Fines and Penalties for Running a Red Light
In New York, fines for running a New York red light depend on
whether the ticket was given to you by a law enforcement officer or by
a camera. If your traffic ticket was written by an officer, it's a
traffic infraction. This means that it will go on your driving record,
add 3 points against your license, and probably raise your insurance
rates. Read more...
New York Red Lights
Have you ever watched ants invade a picnic? It's actually quite
fascinating. Hundreds of the little critters form orderly trails to
your leftover potato chip crumbs and then begin to march back toward
their anthill. What's so remarkable is the fact that even when two
lines of ants cross, there's never a traffic jam or a collision. Read more...