New York City Mayor red light cameras last year alone. The mayor has been pushing for an increase in the number of cameras in the city from 150 to 225. A bill to do just that has passed the state senate in June, but has lost momentum in the Senate.

Bloomberg doesn't just want a jump in the number of cameras, however. He also wants to publish the names of those who blow through the stop lights in local papers to help shame wrongdoers into changing their ways. What's more, the mayor wants to look into the possibility of adding speed cameras to the mix. Big brother is coming to NYC.


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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to propose something for Mr. Bloomberg. Have onboard cameras mandatory on ALL city vehicles. Police, Utilities, etc. And have all live-feeds going directly to the internet for the tax-payers to view at their will. That way, we can see just how much money the city/state could be saving when their lazy & good for nothing city workers are slacking off on the job and not doing what they're supposed to be doing during working hours.
        ak841
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        You can tell how many drivers run orange/red just by the rremarkes on here. Above all it will save lifes.
          John Rubano
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ak841
          I don't think thats why so many are mad, he doesn't care who runs lights, its about the money he can generate and the whole big brother thing, and than they will want to add facial recognition and before you know it will be just like it was in germany not too long ago.
      Aeromax
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone whose driven in NYC knows that they're gonna make a looooooooooooot of money from this.
      n2paints3
      • 3 Years Ago
      whats next....debtor's prison? bounce a check,walk the plank? public hanging's? run a red light they want to fine you/shame you, cross the border in illegal fashion and they embrace you.
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @n2paints3
        he will fine each person who passes gas and say they are contributing to air pollution.
        kathy.self
        • 3 Years Ago
        @n2paints3
        Shhhhhhhhhhh. Don't give them more ideas!
      jjr526
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course they do. This huge tax state believes they can get more of the citizens money with these cameras. Note that many states have removed the traffic cameras because people didn't pay the tickets and the states actually lost money. Ask Arizona.
      sxtminman
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I agree that running red lights is a dangerous thing to do, **** Bloomberg, red light cameras and now "speeding" cameras?!?! Give me a break! This is just a revenue generator, and the way people drive in Manhattan, this will create and untold number of rear end accidents, Hello LAWSUITS! Once again, the motorist takes one on the chin. How about our TOLLS?? The highest anywhere in the USA and they now want more! I rarely go to Manhattan anymore and when possible, I'd use mass transit. Oh Wait! They want more money too.! It never ends here in the Big Apple.
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sxtminman
        yup. to cross the verazzano cost $13.00! if i go to Staten Island, i go through Jersey and pay $8.00 to get in. but that is not going to matter anymore for the Port Authority is raising fares and tolls also. as far as the our subways , bridges and tunnels, it has been the fault of former governor George Pataki that forced the MTA to keep borrowing money to fix the dilapidated system, now they are in a deficit because of it. also the management was at fault for mismanagement. one of the managers got caught bilking millions to build a million dollar mansion.
        c764
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sxtminman
        So to avoid a ticket/fine issued by a camera people stop short. Think they're saving money by avoiding the ticket? You'll think differently after reading this article. This is just the first section, read more by clicking the link at the bottom FDNY Set To Institute ‘Crash Tax’ NEW YORK (December 9, 2010) — The cost of driving in New York City is about to get more costly. That is, if you need medical attention after an accident.In a time of tight budget times, the city is looking for new ways to recoup costs.And drivers needing help from the FDNY will be the targets.Getting hurt in a car accident is painful enough, but if firefighters have to respond, expect more pain — in your wallet. Starting next summer, the city plans to bill drivers in accidents that require an emergency response.The so-called “crash tax” works like this: A car fire or accident with injury would cost you $490. A car fire without injury, $415. And any vehicle accident without injury will run you $365. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/12/09/fdny-set-to-implement-crash-tax/
      bearsbtc417
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bloomberg is a POS....he's for the rich, not the middle class or poor! Why people keep electing him in or how he was allowed to run for a 3rd term is beyond me. I guess money does buy you anything you want!
      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      "He also wants to publish the names of those who blow through the stop lights in local papers to help shame wrongdoers into changing their ways." That's okay, no one reads those things anyway. (I kid, I kid)
      jcwconsult
      • 3 Years Ago
      Red light cameras are and always have been about money, NOT safety. In almost every case, longer yellow intervals on the lights reduce violations by MORE than ticket cameras. Cities that want more cameras want more money, not more safety. The entire red light camera industry is a scam that requires less safe engineering with too-short yellow intervals to produce profits. The Mayor wants ticket revenue more than safety, and in fact will accept a higher overall violation rate and a higher overall accident rate -- so long at the cameras are profitable. It is obscenely immoral. The science is on our website. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, www.motorists.org, Ann Arbor, Mi
      tchthn9
      • 3 Years Ago
      We need cameras with remote controlled 50 cal machine guns all along the mexican border.
      flanneryt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once they put them up, they will make a few bucks. However, they will SOON LEARN that it costs them more that it's worth. Here's the scoop in Los Angeles where there are 100x as many drivers... and 1000x as many cameras. 1. They are now outlawing them and removing them. 2. It is ILLEGAL for a clerk (Who looks at the pictures) who is NOT a law enforcement officer, to issue a ticket. 3. Statistics PROVE camera's are causing SIGNIFICANTLY MORE accidents at these intersections (People see the RED LIGHT CAMERA sign, then the light turns yellow. It is perfectly legal to proceed through the intersection on a YELLOW light, it signifys CAUTION ONLY, RED MEANS STOP. But instead they SLAM ON THEIR BRAKES for fear of getting a $400+ ticket... they often get rear ended, & usually cause a pile up with many injuries. The THEY ALL sue the city! And they often WIN. 4. The City gets $60- of the revenue from the ticket, the rest of the $400.00+ goes to the CAMERA COMPANY, who obviously paid off the right city council people for the privilege of stealing citizens $$$$, er, uh COLLECTING CAMERA FEES. (That in itself is heinously criminal) 5. It has been proven repeatedly that the camera's are NOT calibrated correctly, maintained properly, and are NOT always accurate. Wonder how long it will take NYC to figure this out, or if they just don't care. Anyone can fight the ticket an win.. What the camera makers who make WILD PROFITS count on is that it is USUALLY more costly for someone to take the day off work, loose pay, schlep downtown PAY OUTRAGEOUS amounts for parking to sit in court for 8-10 hours, (Or get a $100- parking ticket) than it is to pay the ticket. A complete OUTRAGE, never mind the injuries or deaths these things are causing!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh wait, why dont they enforce tickets to police for talking on their handsets? Why does the law apply to one group of people and not the other? Im driving and I see cops talking on their cellphone. Im like WTF man. If I wouldve done that, Id get a fine and points.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Law enforcement is broken. They are no longer living under the same laws as everyone else. Maybe they never were.
        789dm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Take pic or video u know nowadays everything can be done. Complain to TV station, Complain to Internal Affairs hey dont just bitch around and go do something.
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @789dm
          Yeah genius, Im going to use my camera phone to snap a picture of a cop on his cellphone behind the wheel. See your are talking from a pedestrian point of view. I drive. But why not put cameras on all city streets and sidewalks. You know why they dont do that? Wheres the money in it? Most criminals are broke, theyll just go to jail. Now get this person that is driving a car, you know they have a job to go to and have to make money to defend themselves in the city courts.
      lyricalvirgo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny how the city claims they have no money and just raised the tolls to a ridiculous sum in a major economy downfall but they seem to find the money to put camera's up all over the damn place. Tell Mayor Gloomberg to start packing his bags. He is done in this City. Everyone hates him. Good job Mayor in having New Yorkers backs and looking to help us out when so many of us can't afford to even live anymore.
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