Red Light Camera Company Takes Poll

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A company looking to install red-light cameras in cities across the state released a poll it commisioned that shows 77 percent of New Yorkers support having the cameras installed at intersections.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., company, American Traffic Solutions, hired the polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, to conduct the poll after the company recently won the bid to install the cameras in Nassau County.

But the poll, conducted in the communities where the cameras are expected to be installed, also found that 51 percent of New Yorkers haven’t even heard about the issue. And the cameras were less popular upstate.

The poll was conducted with 600 New Yorkers.

The state Legislature in April approved the red-light cameras as a way to nab speeders in Long Island, Yonkers, Rochester and Buffalo. New York City was able to add more cameras.

But so far only Nassau and New York City have them operational, while the other cities are still going through the contract review process. American Traffic Solutions, which has the contract in Nassau and New York City, is represented in Albany by powerful lobbying firm Patricia Lynch and Associates.

There has been pushback to the cameras in Nassau County, with drivers complaining about getting ticketed for making right turns on red — an unannounced part of the program.

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  1. This is absolute silliness.

    Any fraudulent company like ATS can conduct a “push poll” with questions that create an outcome. How stupid does ATS think these locals are?…

    Those who want more awareness of ATS’s crimes, frauds, and shenangians across the country should visit and join http://www.CameraFraud.com

    ATS = Fraud

  2. Charles Brown on

    Are you kidding me? Find out how many employees this company has and how many of them actually voted in this poll. The result will shock you

  3. paying the fine is silly, there are no penaltys for not doin it. read the on the nassau county web site. they will attemt collections. BFD morons. spread the word. DONT PAY

    Q: What is the amount of the fine? Is there a late fee?
    A: The fine amount is $50.00. Yes, there is a $25.00 fee for delinquent payments. A violation detected through the use of an automated traffic safety camera is a non criminal offense for which you cannot go to jail. Like a parking ticket, an infraction detected by a traffic camera is NOT part of the driving record of the violator. Therefore, a finding that the violation was committed, either by payment or after a hearing, will not be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, failure to respond to a Notice of Liability, failure to appear for a requested hearing, or failure to pay a penalty imposed after a hearing may result in collection proceedings being instigated against you for the enforcement of such penalty by civil action in the nature of debt.

    Most Asked Questions
    Q: What is the Nassau County Traffic Control Photo Violation Program?
    A: This is a traffic safety program in which Nassau County utilizes state-of-the-art digital cameras and violation detection systems for the purpose of decreasing violations of the traffic control regulations and reducing collisions. If this violation is a Red Light Camera Violation, please be aware that a vehicle may not be present in an intersection when the traffic control light is in the red phase. In the absence of a right turn on red restriction, a vehicle may make a right turn on the red, but only after making a complete stop, and assuring that it is safe to proceed.
    Q: How do Red Light Cameras work?
    A: Each intersection is outfitted with a high-resolution high-speed digital camera. The cameras are activated by sensors which are located at the intersection. The cameras are activated when a vehicle is detected by the sensors after the light has turned red. The camera takes two digital photos which document the violation. The program operates 24 hours a day seven days a week and operates in all weather conditions. The system is only activated when a vehicle runs a red light. All intersections with red light cameras are clearly marked. The Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency reviews every violation before the citation is issued. Citations contain an image of a violating vehicle before it enters the intersection, while it is in the intersection, and the license plate of the vehicle.
    Q: Why did I receive a Notice of Liability?
    A: A Notice of Liability for a Red Light Camera Violation is issued when your vehicle fails to stop at a clearly marked stop line or at any other stopping point described in the ordinance when facing a steady circular red signal. You will also be issued a Notice of Liability for a Red Light Camera Violation if you do not come to a complete stop before making a right turn.
    Q: What if the registered owner was not driving the vehicle at the time of the violation?
    A: The registered owner of a vehicle will be mailed the Photo Safety Notice of Liability. If your vehicle/plate was stolen or you received a ticket from a police officer, you may complete an Affidavit of Non-Responsibility and attach supporting documentation. Your affidavit and supporting documentation will be reviewed and will result in either dismissal of the notice or scheduling of an administrative hearing. You will be notified in writing of any action taken. The registered owner may submit information and supporting documentation to that effect by mailing an Affidavit that is downloadable from the link at the bottom of this website. The Affidavit must be received by the due date of your Notice. If an Owner furnishes satisfactory evidence pursuant to this paragraph, the Traffic and Parking Violation Agency may terminate the prosecution of this Notice of Liability issued to the Owner.
    Q: What is the amount of the fine? Is there a late fee?
    A: The fine amount is $50.00. Yes, there is a $25.00 fee for delinquent payments. A violation detected through the use of an automated traffic safety camera is a non criminal offense for which you cannot go to jail. Like a parking ticket, an infraction detected by a traffic camera is NOT part of the driving record of the violator. Therefore, a finding that the violation was committed, either by payment or after a hearing, will not be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, failure to respond to a Notice of Liability, failure to appear for a requested hearing, or failure to pay a penalty imposed after a hearing may result in collection proceedings being instigated against you for the enforcement of such penalty by civil action in the nature of debt.