Both Nassau and Suffolk counties have installed a “Red Light Camera” program which they say is aimed at changing driver behavior by capturing drivers that run through red lights at busy intersections. The cameras take an instant photo of a vehicle when it passes through a red light and traces the owner of the vehicle through the license plate information. Owners whose cars have been photographed going through the red light receive a ticket with the photographic evidence in the mail.
But what is considered a violation? We asked our readers on Facebook: “You can get a ticket from a red light camera if you ___________”
The responses we got from readers were sometimes accurate, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes hilarious. Here are some samples:
John Raven: Use that intersection .. Lol
Liz Coppola Zahodnick: Make a right on red where there's a " no right on red" sign.
Dawn Wilson Dahill: Don't realize they change the yellow time from 90 seconds to 10
Stefanie Erika: live in a county where the government finds any excuse to make an extra buck. If they want to make money, put sensors by every stop sign.
Jacquie Seaman-Mayer: If you don't pause and stay first least 30 sec
So...what’s the answer to our quiz? You can get a ticket from a red light camera if you:
Enter the intersection and turn left after the light turns red
Enter the intersection after the light has turned red and continue straight through
Make a right on red, but fail to make a complete stop before proceeding
Blatantly ignore the red light and pass through it.
You will NOT be ticketed if you pass beneath a light that is green to make a left turn and while waiting for oncoming traffic to pass, the light turns red.
Ever get caught with a red light camera? Guilty as charged, or did it make you see red? Share your thoughts on our open blog “Road Rage.”
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- Click the "Blogs" tab, near the top of the homepage and then locate the Road Rage blog in the left-hand column. Click on it.
- Click in the box that says, “Write a new post” and then click on “Article” at the top.
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