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Borough President candidate says speed and red light cameras aren’t keeping Staten Islanders safe. Wants state to pay to install Smart Traffic Light technology instead

Press Release

For Immediate Release

March 10, 2021

Contact: Joe Kovac | [email protected] | (347) 350-2462

Staten Island, NY: Today, Leticia Remauro, Republican/Conservative candidate for Staten Island Borough President called on Governor Cuomo to scrap red light and speed cameras and instead pay to expand the installation of Smart Traffic Light technology at intersections in Staten Island to ease traffic, improve public surface transportation and reduce driver frustration. The call comes on the heels of a recently released National Safety Council report showing that the rate of death on the roads during 2020 spiked 24% nationwide over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%. Remauro points to the report as proof that red light and speed cameras do little to increase public safety but only serve to increase driver frustration and pick the pocket of drivers – especially seniors.

Said Remauro, “New York experienced a 10% increase in injuries from 2019 to 2020, despite Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” and the installation of cameras throughout New York City. If red light and speed cameras truly worked, we would not have seen this increase during a time when fewer people were on the road. Rather than continue duping the public into believing they are paying camera tickets in order to keep our streets safer, we should actually do something to make our streets safer. Investing in Smart Traffic Light technology will reduce traffic, enhance bus service and curb driver frustration which often leads to speeding and running red lights.

“The COVID pandemic has caused every New Yorker to feel stress and anxiety. Elected officials must consider this when issuing edicts that impact our lives. Speed and red light cameras combined with newly reduced and inconsistent speed limits in a borough where public transportation is almost non-existent, is creating an economic hardship for Staten Islanders – especially seniors who have been driving for most of their lives and who have grown accustomed to driving on roads where the speed limit has been the same for decades. Now they are getting camera tickets for driving 26 and 36 miles an hour because “Vision Zero” causes the speed limit to drop drastically from one block to the other. To add insult to injury, reports are showing traffic deaths are up on Staten Island. The plan isn’t working because it punitive instead of proactive. Government is supposed to make our lives easier not more difficult. Staten Island doesn’t need to tolerate Albany and City Hall reaching into our pockets to fund their out of control spending. Enough is enough. We cannot keep getting nickel and dimed at every turn and every intersection.