County looks to green-light red-light camera program

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EASTCHESTER -

Lawmakers in Westchester are seeking approval from the state to implement a countywide red-light camera program.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer says he envisions a program with 20 cameras on county roads such as the Bronx River Parkway. "Here you have high-speed travel and traffic lights," says Latimer. "That's reason alone to give you a strong reason to put up lights."

Officials say the cameras would only be placed on county-owned roads after they get buy-in from the public. Some critics of the red-light cameras say they are an unfair tax on motorists and cite the fact that Yonkers collected more than $5 million from their red-light camera program last year alone.

Drivers say if the cameras are not all about money then maybe lawmakers should consider penalizing people in other ways and not with fines.

If the plan is approved, drivers could see the red-light cameras pop up in early 2019.

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