Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo granted permission for several cities and counties in New York, including Rochester, to begin or continue red light camera programs until 2019. Red light camera programs remain a controversial topic, but cities all over the country are choosing to continue their programs as they strive to make their streets safer for all who traverse them. New York City Mayor de Blasio is leading the charge in our state with his Vision Zero plan, a multi-faceted approach to reducing traffic fatalities – and red light cameras are one of those facets…
Does this mean Rochester red light cameras are here to stay?
Not necessarily. Those cities given approval aren’t required to create or continue red light camera programs; they just now are allowed to do so if they wish. And the City of Rochester is still trying to determine if the program here is having a positive impact on traffic safety.
We reported earlier this summer that the City of Rochester is conducting a study to determine the impact the cameras have on traffic safety. Results were originally expected in July, but the report date has been pushed to August now.
This green light (sorry…. I had to) from Cuomo means that Rochester can continue the program while it takes a good look at the accident data where red light cameras are currently placed to determine what is best for the public safety of all who traverse our city streets.
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