Drivers Tell CBS2 They Just Don't Know Where To Stop In Some Instances, And Thus Think Large Fines Are Unreasonable


EAST NORWICH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some drivers who claim continued confusion say red-light camera warning signs must be made into law.

Making a right on red is permitted at some intersections, but only after stopping well before the light, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday.

That has some asking the question: Is it all about public safety, or a money grab?

“Off course it’s a money grab. I got seven tickets. Seven tickets … in the same week. When they all came I didn’t even know I was doing something wrong,” Nassau County motorist Donna Scala said.

(Photo: CBS2)

Scala was among the many confused at intersections like one in East Norwich, where a right on red is permitted — but only after stopping first at a thick white line.

“This line is about easily 40-50 feet before the corner, so people don’t understand that,” motorist Barry Schwartz said.

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When asked if she was contemplating making a red-light turn, motorist Elizabeth DeAngelis said, “No, I’m going to stay right here until it turns green and save myself a lot of money.”

As cars approach the intersection for a legal right on red, nothing indicates you must first come to a stop prior to the solid white line, CBS2’s McLogan reported.

Legislator John Ferretti and the Republican majority just filed a bill to make mandatory warning signs within 200 feet of each of the county’s 285 cameras — with explanations.

“Prior to a right on red, motorists must make a complete stop here with an arrow pointing to that solid white line,” Ferretti said.

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Representatives of County Executive Laura Curran would not agree to go on camera but in a statement said additional signage requires approval from the New York State Department of Transportation.

Since the red-light cameras were installed at the location in East Norwich, front-end collisions and deaths have gone down, officials said. However, rear-end crashes are up, something Scala said she wants to discuss with a judge in traffic court, along with fees and surcharges.

“Fifty-dollar fine, $45 driver responsibility fee, and then we will throw some public safety in there for $55,” Scala said.

That adds up to $150, per ticket.

The county said anyone receiving a ticket has the option of arguing the case before a traffic court judge.

Comments (3)
  1. James Walker says:

    Red light cameras are and always have been for-profit rackets that should be illegal in every state, as they are in some states already. The first, last, and only reasons that governments use red light cameras are $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ – NOT safety.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  2. Brian Ceccarelli says:

    The New York State statutory cap on vehicle owner liability for a red-light camera ticket is $50. NY VAT 1111b. The extra $100 is 100% illegal. Home rule does not usurp explicit State-defined caps. There is a class action about this which has been filed two years ago. 9 judges recused themselves. No judge wants to touch it because telling Nassau and Suffolk counties to return hundreds of millions of dollars means the end of the judge’s job. Read the statute. The intent to commit fraud is clear.

  3. louis11725 says:

    More Capitalist Propaganda!

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