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December 18th, 2013

Support is Given for Red Light Traffic Cameras



NEWBURGH - Earlier this fall, Orange County Legislator Patrick J. Berardinelli, District 6, launched an initiative urging New York State to change its traffic safety laws to allow for the installation of red light cameras in the City of Newburgh. He was joined by Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara and local residents to bring attention to the problem of dangerous driving and failure to obey traffic signals by drivers in the City of Newburgh.

Berardinelli collected more than 900 signatures from Newburgh residents on a petition supporting the installation of traffic cameras. He sent the petitions and a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo this week.  
“Drivers speeding through the streets of our City and blatantly disregarding traffic signals are a danger to our residents, especially our children,” said Berardinelli. “With the support of more than 900 residents behind this request for traffic cameras, I hope that Governor Cuomo will recognize the need for these cameras and make the necessary changes to traffic safety laws, before it becomes a matter of life and death,” added Berardinelli.

Legislator Berardinelli believes that the installation of traffic surveillance cameras at critical locations throughout the City could play a significant role in combating the problem of drivers running red lights and ignoring stop signs. However, New York State traffic law does not currently allow traffic cameras in municipalities with a population of less than one million. Legislator Berardinelli is calling on Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Transportation to help the children of Newburgh and potentially save lives by making a change to this restriction on the use of traffic cameras.

Berardinelli also received memorializing resolutions from the Orange County Legislature and the Town of Newburgh to support this initiative to make streets safer in the City of Newburgh.

For more information, Legislator Berardinelli can be reached at pjberardinelli@verizon.net.



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