New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I, said he would like to see fine-generating cameras deployed at every red-light intersection in the city as a way to deter motorists from running those lights thereby increasing pedestrian safety.
Bloomberg said he would like to see red-light cameras on every corner as a way to deter drivers from running red lights, thereby saving the lives of pedestrians, particularly those of the elderly and very young, he said according to published reports.
However, for that to occur the state Assembly has to allow New York to issue fines beyond the 150 cameras the city is currently authorized to issue fines for.
Under current regulations, New York City can deploy as many red-light cameras as it wants, but it can only issue fines for 150 cameras. Because the city is limited on how many red-light cameras fines can be issued from, Bloomberg is urging the state Assembly to approve a bill (A 7425a) authorizing the city to issue fines for an additional 75 red-light cameras, putting the total at 225.
A state Senate bill (S 4496b) to increase the number of cameras for which fines can be issued was passed in June 2011, but there has been no action on the Assembly bill.