No smiles for those captured on White Plains, NY red light cameras

Cameras installed at six city intersections to catch red light violations have been triggered thousands of times since the initiative went live in September, resulting in $50 violation notices for 7,068 motorists.

In an update on the program, which launched on a trial basis in July, officials said that although the early sample is very small, the data does shows a reduction in accidents.

“Accidents have gone down from 30 in August, September and October of last year to 23 during the same period this year,” said White Plains Deputy Commissioner Thomas Soyk, the city’s transportation engineer. “It’s a very preliminary look, but it does show that we’re reducing crashes.”

A main goal of the program is to reduce pedestrian accidents. Citywide, 92 pedestrians were hit by vehicles in 2017, including 27 who were struck in August, September and October. During the same three months this year, since the advent of the camera initiative, 15 people have been hit.