ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Despite signs posted at intersections with red light cameras, many people still run the lights.
Albany Police say Northern Boulevard is a trouble spot. Despite signs that indicate intersections use red light cameras, people still run red lights.
Albany Police released the red light camera numbers from March. For the first time this year, the number of tickets the city has handed out has surpassed the number of violations captured on camera.
If you run a red light, police will catch you.
“As a traffic officer, I don’t like to see it that high,” Officer Bill Wilson said. “I’m amazed at how many people run it.”
Two of the worst intersections Western Avenue and Russell Road where more than 100 citations were issued and Everett Road and Watervliet Extension where more than 200 drivers were caught red handed.
Some critics say the hot spots still don’t justify the cost of the program. Judd Krasher is worried about resources on the street.
“The bottom line is these things are not generating money,” Krasher said. “How many hours are being put into the program on the police department end.”
Officer Wilson says he spends about 30 to 40 seconds on each clip. After watching hundreds of violations, he noticed that drivers need to stop to avoid getting a ticket or even getting into an accident.
“I also see a lot of people taking right on red when there’s clearly a sign there.”