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The city of White Plains has activated its red light safety camera program.
The intersection of Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard is just one of six spots in White Plains where the red light cameras have been installed.
The city’s website says that “Cameras will operate 24-hours/day and capture images of every vehicle running a red light at the designated intersections. Warning signs alerting drivers to the intersection safety cameras have been installed prior to the warning period.”
Violators will get a ticket in the mail with a picture of the car running the red light.
For the first 30 days of the program, only warning notices will be sent out to anyone caught on camera going through a red light, so you won't have to pay a fine.
After the 30 day warning period, it will be $50 if you get caught.
City officials say the warning period is all about safety and will give drivers the chance to become familiar with the system and encourage people to slow down. But critics argue that it just causes drivers to slam on their breaks when they see the signs for the cameras and that it's nothing more than a money maker.
The city of Yonkers took in more than $5 million just last year alone with its red light camera system and Westchester County officials are now looking to get them installed on county-owned roadways.
Other locations of cameras include:
- S/B Mamaroneck Avenue @ Bryant Avenue
- N/B Bank Street @ Hamilton Avenue
- W/B Hamilton Avenue @ Bank Street
- W/B Westchester Avenue @ South Kensico Avenue
- S/B North Broadway @ Hamilton Avenue