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.