City of Rochester
(Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016) – I want to thank the City Council for voting to terminate the City of Rochester Red Light Camera Traffic Safety Program. With tonight’s vote, we are on track to end the program on Dec. 31.
I am ending this program because the safety benefit does not justify the disproportionate financial burden it places upon people who are struggling to make ends meet. This seems counterproductive to our efforts to reverse Rochester’s troubling rates of poverty.
A study of the cameras’ effects on safety was inconclusive, finding that red-light violations at some intersections declined, some increased and some stayed the same.
As we bring this program to an end, the Rochester Police Department will continue to enforce red-light violations in the city. We are simply eliminating one of the tools we used to enforce this law. None of the suburban towns or villages neighboring our city use this technology to enforce red-light violations, so the City of Rochester will now provide the same level and type of enforcement as the municipalities that surround it.
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