Both Nassau and Suffolk counties have installed a “Red Light Camera” program which they say is aimed at changing driver behavior by capturing drivers that run through red lights at busy intersections. The cameras take an instant photo of a vehicle when it passes through a red light and traces the owner of the vehicle through the license plate information. Owners whose cars have been photographed going through the red light receive a ticket with the photographic evidence in the mail.
But what is considered a violation? We asked our readers on Facebook: “You can get a ticket from a red light camera if you ___________”
The responses we got from readers were sometimes accurate, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes hilarious. Here are some samples:
Donna Devito: If you breathe in oxygen.
Mindy Fesinstine: Don't wait 6 seconds before turning
Patrick Hughes: If you do donuts at 3am in an intersection.....Ps... I didn't do it ..
Krista A. Briggs: ...go through a red light or don't wait on red for at least five seconds before making a right turn.
Danielle Sexton: Turn on red without counting to 3. Trust me.
Jeanmarie Cirino Lloyd: Don't come to a complete stop before making a right on red......ignorance of the law is no excuse.
So...what’s the answer to our quiz? You can get a ticket from a red light camera if you:
Enter the intersection and turn left after the light turns red
Enter the intersection after the light has turned red and continue straight through
Make a right on red, but fail to make a complete stop before proceeding
Blatantly ignore the red light and pass through it.
You will NOT be ticketed if you pass beneath a light that is green to make a left turn and while waiting for oncoming traffic to pass, the light turns red.
Ever get caught with a red light camera? Guilty as charged, or did it make you see red? Share your thoughts on our open blog “Road Rage.”
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