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Suffolk County Considers Red Light Cameras As Key Part Of Budget Deficit Fix

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Red-light cameras similar to this one are not working properly in New Jersey, forcing the state to temporarily suspend enforcement. (credit: CBS 2)

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)Traffic violations are a big part of the plan to fill the gap in Suffolk County’s potential $530 million budget deficit.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

The county is planning to add 50 more red light cameras across its intersections. They’re asking the state to let them process traffic violations, a move that would allow the county to keep the revenue generated by fines.

At present, New York state handles that task.

Some Suffolk County drivers who spoke with WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs were not happy about the proposal.

“I think they could probably come up with a better plan,” one driver told Xirinachs.

“I think it’s garbage… I hate it,” said another.

“It’s unfair. I mean, there’s got to be a better way,” said a third.

The county estimates that with the additional red light cameras and by processing its own traffic violations they could make some $20 million annually.

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