NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s red light cameras seem to be catching fewer violators.

Revenue from the city’s 150 red light cameras is down 33 percent, according to published reports.

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 WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

Robert Sinclair with AAA New York said while red light locations can be found online, he believes drivers are getting the message that they can’t run red lights without consequences.

“They’re being more compliant with the regulations. That’s what red light camera programs are supposed to do,” he told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

He said AAA New York generally supports red light cameras as long as they meet certain engineering criteria.

But Sinclair said many  yellow light times are too short in New York City given the size of the intersections.

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“The yellow light times have to be set up such that they are long enough for the prevailing rate of speed on a given roadway, not the speed limit,” he said.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

While red light citations may be down, Councilman Jimmy Vacca, chair of the transportation committee, said that doesn’t mean there are fewer violators.

“We have people who drive too fast and cause danger to themselves and other motorists as well as pedestrians,” Vacca told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks. “There’s not a meeting that I go to where I don’t hear people mentioning how bad speeding is becoming.”

Vacca said drivers have to pay more attention to red lights and speed limits.

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