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File #: Res 1677-2013    Version: * Name: Authorizing NYC to install and operate red light cameras at more than 150 intersections.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 3/13/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation authorizing New York City to install and operate red light cameras at more than 150 intersections.
Sponsors: James G. Van Bramer, Stephen T. Levin, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Daniel Dromm , Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Letitia James, Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell, Brad S. Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Deborah L. Rose, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Council Member Sponsors: 15
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*James G. Van Bramer City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/13/2013*James G. Van Bramer City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/13/2013*James G. Van Bramer City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1677
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation authorizing New York City to install and operate red light cameras at more than 150 intersections.
 
 
By Council Members Van Bramer, Levin, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Dromm, Ferreras, James, Koo, Koppell, Lander, Mark-Viverito, Palma, Rose and Rodriguez
      Whereas, Red light cameras help enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing vehicles that disobey stop lights; and
Whereas, The camera is triggered by any vehicle entering an intersection above a preset minimum speed, and it records the date, time of day, time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal, vehicle speed, and license plate, and Notices of Liability are mailed to the registered owners of the violating vehicles; and
      Whereas, The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has been operating a Red Light Camera Program since 1993; and
      Whereas, According to DOT, intersections where cameras have been installed have seen a 56% decline in serious injuries, a 44% decrease in pedestrian injuries and a 16% decrease in all injuries; and
      Whereas, The presence of red light cameras serves as a deterrent; red-light violations have dropped by 40 to 60 percent at locations where they have been installed, according to DOT; and
      Whereas, The State Vehicle and Traffic Law currently authorizes the City to operate red light cameras at only 150 intersections at any one time; and      
      Whereas, Given the demonstrated success of the City's Red Light Camera Program at making the limited intersections where it has been deployed significantly safer for drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians, the program should be expanded to as many intersections as possible; now, therefore, be it      
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation authorizing New York City to install and operate red light cameras at more than 150 intersections.
LS# 4342 & 4416
3/7/2013
JM