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Babylon Moves Forward With Red Light Camera Study

Suffolk to add red light cameras at an additional 50 intersections; Farmingdale could be impacted.

Babylon Town officials have signed off on the Suffolk County's request to conduct a traffic study to expand its red light camera program.

The study could create more red light cameras in the Farmingdale area, where at least one already exists.

Vanessa Baird-Streeter, spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, said the county sent a letter to the Town of Babylon in early January in hopes of expanding its Red Light Safety Program. 

"We have a red light camera program and we are looking to expand that program to ensure safe traversal on their roadways," she said. 

Some intersections in the Town of Babylon that already have red light cameras include Route 109 at New Highway in Farmingdale, Route 110 at Great Neck Road in Babylon, Straight Path at Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst, and Delaware Avenue at Sunrise Highway in North Lindenhurst, according to Newsday.

In 2009, Suffolk created the Red Light Safety Program that allowed officials to install and monitor 50 intersections. 

New York State expanded its pilot program, which will allow the county to install cameras an additional 50 high-traffic intersections. Under the expansion, the county will also be looking to place red light cameras at town-owned traffic signals, according to Baird-Street, not just county roads. 

In order to do so, Suffolk needs an inter-municipal agreement with the Town of Babylon. Supervisor Rich Schaffer signed off on the proposed contract, according to spokesman Kevin Bonner. 

The Suffolk County Department of Public works said the intersections for the new red light cameras will be determined by those with the highest number of right-angle crashes, frequency of red light running based on video surveillance and construction factors.

Jim February 05, 2013 at 05:54 AM
In November a government-funded study group (National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences) published a study recommending significantly longer yellows. On Jan. 7 the Virginia DOT adopted those recommendations. Eventually it will happen in New York, too. The minimums recommended were 0.4 to 0.6 sec. greater than the present minimums. Right now the average red light violator is about 0.4 sec. late, so the extra time will cut violations - and revenue - in half. Babylon needs to study that angle before adding more cameras. Unless they are planning to emphasize right turn tickets. An article about the study is at http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/39/3941.asp and the full study is at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/nchrp_rpt_731.pdf .
Thomas Joseph Jr February 05, 2013 at 12:48 PM
That is not necessarily the problem. I have seen people at some of these intersections where the light is red (and has been red) and people blow thru the light without even attempting to tap their brakes. They do not look, they do not attempt to stop. I agree expanding the yellow could ease some of the issue, but expanding the yellow will not fix the issue with the drivers I mentioned.

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