According to AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair, there has been little to no oversight of the controversial program – which has been called a money grab by some and a needed safety measure by others.
“The law says you have to submit reports, but many are late, many are incomplete, and some are missing completely,” says Sinclair. “We think the state Department of Transportation needs to provide oversight, and there needs to be some penalty on these municipalities that are doing no reports or incomplete reports.”
According to AAA, there are cameras at 100 intersections in both Nassau and Suffolk. That is fewer than New York City, but Suffolk and Nassau each charge additional fees on top of the $50 fine. The city does not. Suffolk charges an additional $30 and Nassau charges an additional $100.
According to statistics reported to the state, Suffolk collects nearly $30 million in revenue. Nassau collects more than $48 million — that is twice what the city collects.