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Schenectady council seeks OK for red-light cameras

Red-light devices seen as safety tool

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If at first you don’t succeed, wait two decades and try again. That’s the city’s new strategy for getting red-light cameras. Mayor Gary McCarthy first asked the state for permission for the cameras nearly two decades ago, when he was on the City Council. In all that time, the state has never responded to the request. Now the City Council is planning to try again. A few municipalities in the state have red-light cameras, but ...


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reader1
June 4, 2014
9:40 a.m.

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Why not?

reader1
June 4, 2014
8:30 p.m.

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Cost effectiveness can be built into the system. Install the system on a test basis and ascertain if it pays for itself. Structure the contract in a way that makes fiscal sense for the municipality. If it doesn't, don't enter into the contract.

Be careful who you loan your car to. Do you want people who borrow your car to be running red lights? I would think most people would want to know if someone used their car and was driving recklessly.

If you are rushing to a hospital, you plead not guilty to the ticket and explain what happened in court. Should be fairly easy to prove.

Having a camera focused on traffic at a red light is hardly able to capture "every move we make", and some moves particularly dangerous ones need to be captured.

reader1
June 5, 2014
4:31 a.m.

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Don't fall for the conspiracy theory that the government wants to use plate tracking technology to monitor your every movement. That technology is used is identify people who do not pay parking fines, etc. The cameras in the city are used for public safety - to deter and solve crimes, and the footage is not stored indefinitely. People seem to have an exaggerated notion regarding how interested the government is keeping tabs on them, at least at the local level.

reader1
June 5, 2014
11:49 a.m.

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Too 1984? Well, the government's actions in recent times have not helped in reducing those concerns.

We'll have to see what happens and revisit this issue down the road.

robbump
June 10, 2014
8:18 p.m.

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I don't have any problem with the red-light cameras.
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However, just how many car-pedestrian collisions in the area of Brandwine between State and I-890 are there where the pedestrian stepped into the path of motor vehicles? I've had many a walker who showed me a "screw-you!" type of contempt while stepping in front of me or nearby drivers ... almost daring us to strike them.
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How about something to discourage (and ticket) THAT kind of behavior???

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