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Suffolk Considers Extending Controversial Red Light Camera Program

Suffolk County will vote this week on a continuation of the county’s contentious red light camera program.

A consultant group analyzed data from the program. They say it's saved $5 million by reducing serious accidents.

But the analysis also found that while injuries decreased at red light camera intersections, crashes of all types increased by nearly 60%.

County Legislator Robert Trotta calls the program a money grab.

“The system is designed for one thing: revenue. Plain and simple.”

The program generates $20 million annually for the county.

The Public Works Committee will vote on a five-year extension of the program. If it passes, it will need approval from the full legislature.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.