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Albany officials, law enforcement, discuss red light cameras

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Red light cameras could soon be coming to Albany as the city considers installing 20 cameras at different downtown intersections.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined Police Chief Steven Krokoff and several state lawmakers at the intersection of Madison Avenue, Western Avenue, and North Allen Street to discuss the proposed legislation.

The cameras would take pictures of vehicles that run red lights, and then fine the driver $50 in an effort to increase safety on city roads. If unpaid, the fee would go up another $25. However, it would not add any points to your license or affect your insurance policy.

The object of the cameras is to change the behavior of residents who want to beat the light.

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy came up with the proposal last week. She says another big reason for the cameras would be to make sure the police are taking care of important things like murders and robberies, not traffic violations.

Senator Neil Breslin says the potential for red light cameras in the city of Albany is important because he’s witnessed first-hand the craziness on the roads with drivers trying to beat the light.

"Being a native Albanian, I grew up with Washington Avenue, Central Avenue, Madison Avenue, New Scotland Avenue, Delaware Avenue as racetracks and it just seems to be a very, very simple solution to put cameras in," said Senator Neil Breslin.

Fahy says a community-wide study was done in Albany over the last four years, and in the first four months, there were 5,000 traffic accidents.

“There’s some controversy around this because initially, there’s a lot of tickets but it does nosedive because you change behaviors and that’s all we’re out to do. We have to change behaviors and we have to put safety first,” she said.

She says she hopes this proposal can pass this legislative session.




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