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Red light cameras: helpful or invasive?

Rochester, N.Y. -- Rochester's red light camera enforcement program launched three years ago this month.

Since then, the city has installed the cameras at 32 intersections. By law, the city can monitor up to 50 intersections.

According to the city, studies have found that red light cameras can reduce side-impact-crashes by almost 70%.

While opponents debate the statistics, the citys argument for the program is safety.

But problems have surfaced for the city.

In March, Jeff Hewitt discovered a red light camera glitch his wife was given a ticket at a malfunctioning yellow light.

So many people are going in there and handing over $50 and dont realize why, said Hewitt.

When Larry Krieger was issued a red light ticket last year, he decided to sue the city.

This is still a free country. Big Brother shouldn't be on every corner downtown and in city neighborhoods, Krieger said.

Krieger is a lawyer. He argues the cameras violate his constitutional rights, because in this case, violators are presumed guilty not innocent.

Krieger suspects the citys red light program is about revenue not safety.

The city budget projects $3.9 million in revenue next year from the vendor who operates the cameras.

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Washington Times