Crashes at Suffolk County’s 100 current red-light camera intersections increased by 59.6 percent for three years ending in 2017, compared with the three-year period before cameras were installed in 2010, a new county study shows, but fatal crashes and those involving injuries decreased nearly 11 percent.
The $250,000 study by consultant L.K. McLean Associates also recommended extending the controversial program for another five years, estimating the red-light cameras have achieved $5.12 million in savings by reducing deadly and serious accidents.
The county initiated the red-light camera program in 2010 after getting state approval with the aim of reducing serious traffic accidents, with the added benefit of raising millions of dollars in new revenue.
Controversy over the program led the county legislature to direct the public works department to commission a study on how well the program was working.