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Mayor Supports Plan for Red Light Camera Installation

Ekstrand says the devices will probably serve to slow some people down through Farmingdale.

Farmingdale Village Mayor stated his support for plans to add red light cameras to three intersections in Farmingdale. 

The discussion took place during a work session on Aug. 13. 

The plan for the cameras originally came from Nassau County which requested the village allow them in Farmingdale.

"I firmly believe that people slow down where there is photo electric enforcement. I just believe that people do it. Not everybody is going to slow down, but I know that the great majority of people that I know and talk to, when they see signs…they automatically slow down. It is just human nature,"  Ekstrand said.

He said he is pushing for a camera to be installed at Staples Street and Route 109. Originally just two intersections, Route 109 and Main Street and NY 24 and Merrits Road, were under consideration for cameras.

"We are never going to get traffic calming on 109. We have had five deaths. We know we have had five deaths," he said.

The board has delayed the public hearing on the matter after concerns from Trustee Cheryl Parisi. Ekstrand said he is honoring her request for more data from traffic engineers involved with the project before going forward with the vote.

"The numbers that we all received from them…the amount of turns, the amount of accidents...where did they get that data from and how did they make it applicable was her question," the mayor said. "I told her until she gets that answer we won't vote on it."

No revenue would come to the village from the tickets if the plan were to pass.

Jessica C August 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
If the town isn't getting any money from the cameras then who is? These cameras do nothing but make drivers more fearful. Drivers either speed through or stop short when the light turns yellow to avoid getting a ticket. How many of the deaths were caused by people going through a yellow light before it turned red? How many of these deaths were caused by people not coming to a full stop on a right on red? I could be wrong, but I venture to guess none. Maybe we should look into more cross walks on 110 and throughout Farmingdale and not more red light cameras, but I guess Nassau/Suffolk cant make any money off that.
Jessica C August 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
And if the mayor believes it, it must be true, right? I mean, the couple of people he's talked to seem to agree with his belief that is not founded on a bit of evidence or research. But it seems like he has a good hunch! I don't know about you but "I just believe that people do it" isn't really good enough for me.
Brian Karcher August 20, 2012 at 06:27 PM
No revenue? then why do it? it is just a hassle and leads to more accidents
Michael Collins August 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
If you stop for Red Lights you have no worries ! Too bad there aren't Stop Sign cameras !
Elect Eva Pearson August 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Thank you thank you Mayor for finally addressing the intersection of Rt109 and Staples Street! I've witnessed a child's death, another's hit and run while biking with her father, as well as too many accidents to count. Thank you again!!
Stina August 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Cheryl Parisi and the town board are asking for data to be provided? I find this funny as traffic data promised to me and other residents on Jefferson Rd was never provided by them, then they decided to drop the matter. How do these people sleep at night?
Robert M August 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
The truth is that red-light cameras generate revenue while putting Farmingdale's motorists in harm's way. Bravo to Ms. Parisi and her bold opposition to this specious proposal.
Knox August 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I have yet to see a news report where these cameras have caused a traffic tragedy!!!.........Honestly….people needs to slow down!!!....I was skeptical about the cameras too at first, but you do see far less people blowing those lights…….if your actually doing the speed limit the traffic lights are set to allow for people to have ample time to slow down…..so there is your problem……nobody is doing the posted speeds or anything even close to them…….funny how uneducated cynical comments are made claiming decision makers are educated and not informed!!!! Please…show me how many people have been killed as a result of these cameras!!!!
Jim August 22, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Red light cameras do just one thing well: They record crash videos, which can be studied to find ways to prevent crashes. A study sponsored by the TX DOT reviewed 40 crashes videoed by red light cameras and found: "With one exception, all of the right-angle crashes occurred after 5 secs. or more of red." (thenewspaper daht com/news/02/243.asp) These real late runners (5+ secs. late) don't do it on purpose. They don't know (most violations are by lost or distracted visitors - the mayor of Hallandale FL just revealed that 78% of their camera tickets go to visitors) or don't remember (distracted or impaired "locals") that a camera is up ahead, so the presence of a camera won't stop them. To cut these real late runs and the crashes they cause, a city should identify its worst intersections and improve the visual cues. A. Paint "signal ahead" on the pavement. A study sponsored by Florida's DOT found that doing so could cut running by up to 74%. B. Make the signal lights bigger in dia. or, add another signal head. A study by the Texas Transp. Inst. (TTI) found that doing either one could cut crashes by 47%. C. Add backboards to the signal heads, or enlarge those you have. The TTI study found that doing so could cut crashes by 32%. D. For nighttime driving, install brighter bulbs in the street lights and put up lighted name signs for the cross street. The cues should be tried at the worst intersections, and the results published, before putting in red light cameras.
Knox August 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Its still no excuse......if people actually did the posted speed and payed attention they would be stopping instead of crashing....people are inconsiderate and dont care about others........they rather run the lights and risk everybody's lives rather than follow the rules and keep everybody safe........

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