July 9, 2019 – Republican Suffolk Legislators today called for a meeting with L.K. McLean Associates, P.C. to review the red light camera report published in late June. Legislators called the information in the report “questionable” citing hypothetical data and twisted conclusions designed to bolster the Bellone Administration’s chances of reauthorizing the program for another five years. Republicans say that if the County Executive is concerned about public safety, he should suspend the program immediately.
Legislator Tom Cilmi, GOP Caucus Leader pointed to a nearly 60% increase in accidents at red light camera intersections. He noted that the report indicates seventeen fatal accidents at the one hundred active RLC intersections between 2015 and 2017. “If total accidents increased,” he said, “then it’s likely that there would have been fewer accidents involving fatalities at these intersections…perhaps as few as ten or eleven. Drivers are literally playing Russian roulette every day in Suffolk County with these cameras. I don’t like what-if analyses, but that’s what this whole report is…a quarter million dollar what-if.”
Legislator Rob Trotta said, “The lack of a licensed engineering stamp on the report speaks volumes about its accuracy. For $250,000 of taxpayer money, you would not think they would create a report with so many inaccuracies.”
“The most important service we provide as a County is Public Safety. If we don’t immediately suspend the red light camera program, we are falling short in protecting our residents,” stated Legislator Kevin McCaffrey.
Legislator Leslie Kennedy said, “Above all else, motorist safety should be the primary purpose of the red light camera program. Sadly, this report shows otherwise and leaves many questions unanswered.”
“After spending a quarter of a million dollars and waiting two years we’ve learned total crashes at red light camera locations have increased an alarming 59.6%! People’s lives are at risk from the failure of this program in many locations,” said Legislator Steven J. Flotteron.