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Red light cameras go live near Strong, UR
Rochester, N.Y. Its one of the busiest intersections in the city and its the gateway to our areas largest employer.
On Friday, a red light camera went live at the intersection of Elmwood and Mt. Hope Avenue.
Motorist say this area can get pretty congested and although, traffic issues have gotten better since the road work finished this summer, some people say it could be safer.
Erika works at a coffee shop inside the hospital. She says there are a lot of pedestrians in the area so she likes the red light camera in place.
I think it's going to make people a little more aware of what's going on-- to stop because that's what they're supposed to do, she said.
Another motorist said she was divided on the issue.
I think it's great for safety, but I have a concern that its a money generator. I think that's whats really behind it all because they get so much money from those fines and no one has time to go fight them.
Erika thinks if youre obeying the law, it shouldnt be a concern.
It's like being pulled over on the side of the road. If youre doing something wrong on the road and you get caught... you get caught. Pay the consequences. That's how I see it. If you get caught, that's your problem.
This is the citys 32nd red light camera. Officials say they place them based on traffic surveys and crash data.
The city plans on adding 50 red light cameras total.
According to the 2013-2014 budget, the city plans on making $400,000 more than last years budget cycle in additional red light camera fines.