Sunday, October 28, 2007

SHOULD CAMERAS BE INSTALLED AT INTERSECTIONS TO GENERATE REVENUE? AND, INCREASE SAFETY?

IDEAS: I will start posting initiatives that are taking place around the country on this blog. The purpose: to encourage people to discuss new ideas...


Red-light cameras installed at 50 intersections throughout the city have generated more than $6 million for the city since the program was launched last fall, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt said. Almost $1 million will go toward police equipment upgrades and safety programs aimed at troubled youth, and another $635,000 will be spent on replacing aging video cameras in patrol cars.
MORE: Houston Chronicle
Predicting increased road safety and as much as $10 million per year in revenue from violators, Miami city commissioners tentatively endorse the idea of installing red-light cameras at traffic intersections.
MORE: Miami Herald

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

NO.

Anonymous said...

Paul,

Why do we always look to try to incorporate some new nifty plan into a situation that already suffers a hardship due to lack of attention.

I want to know……..

Why would you think Houston mirrors Greenburgh and we should look towards that city as a model for anything we might entertain in Greenburgh?

Why isn’t the ticket revenue, disproportional collected in Hartsdale (about 800K+ per year.) currently being used to upgrade police equipment and correct known safety issues?

In your opinion, are the 4 corners and ideal place for these cameras? The intersection of Central and Lawton is one of the highest ranked incidents of accidents (one known fatality) involving families traveling to school and church yet any attempt to correct it by adding a traffic light or blinking light brings excuses like “It’s a state road. We can't do anything about it” Yet I may travel ¼ mile down the road and get ticketed in the hopes to promote road safety. Same goes for East Hartsdale Ave & Wilson St. (about 50 feet from the 4 corners) two very, very dangerous intersections.

Will this revenue be used to purchase more police vehicles as there is a 80% probability that if I call the police, an ambulance will be dispatched due to lack of appropriate police vehicles. This ambulance has restricted access to areas, as it does not meet the maximum height requirements in parking structures and other locations. Why is this safety issue not addressed? Will installing these cameras correct this problem?

Can you please give one example of an intersection in Greenburgh and why you feel that intersection would benefit in regards to safety if these cameras were installed?

Anonymous said...

With the amount of policeman that we have on the force why should cameras be installed.
Most of the force concentrates on Central ave. to catch mortorist in some wrong doing.
Please do not think about this plan.
Crime is up in many areas because all the force is out giving tickets.
Give us a break.
You know where to find a cop if you need one [right on central ave]
Collecting $800k a year should be enough for what the police dept. needs.
There used to be a policeman directing traffic at the four corners for years ,we have enough on the force to start that again.
If the traffic lights were in good running condition with the time of day you would not have backups or accidents. The system stinks.
The traffic is backed up only at certain times but everyday.
Many of the inter sections within the city of white plains have police directing traffic everyday.
Why not here in Greenburgh?

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to see more police at every corner. I also don't want to see my taxes go sky high. SOme of us can afford to pay for more cops. There are others who can't. This suggestion might help the police improve safety without costing us big bucks.

Anonymous said...

We have enough police on the force to take care of what the needs of the town are.
We don't need more taxes to service our needs concerning traffic.
What we need is good planning and then execute the plan.
Camera's will make the force shy away from the reason why they are hired.
Let's go back to the old days when we had a good repoire with the police.
Something is missing since someone has become the laison with the police.
we need action not what has been going on for quite some time.
We don't need a police person on every corner we never had to resort to that drastic measure.
One can see when one sees a patrol car on the road how traffic comes almost to a halt.
In yesterdays journal news motorists were complaining about the speeders on the Sprain Parkway[highway to heaven]and how many fatalities, here too they demanded to see a change made.
Every one has some sort of problems but cameras are not the answer.

Anonymous said...

I may be incorrect on this, but I believe that red light cameras are only legal, according to NYS law, in NYC.

Anonymous said...

If you want a better, more efficient police force, the first thing that needs to be done is get rid of Kapica. He has ruined the police department.

Anonymous said...

how about cameras to catch speeders on west hartsdale avenue from secor to ridge roads? or at least lending radar guns to citizens to use so offenders going above 30mph could be issued warnings

Anonymous said...

This is a practical & inexpensive idea. good going, paul

Anonymous said...

The idea is neither practical nor inexpensive.
Paul stop promoting your own ideas as if they had broad backing.
We know you and Carbuncle like the idea - now let other's express opinions.

dnd said...

Not practical and not necessary.

The most important initiative needed is to get roadways cleaned. The town looks so filthy, especially on the major roads where street-sweeping and weed-wacking have been neglected for years. And with autumn here, they'll look even nastier with exposed debris and dead weeds.

Different roads are maintained by different agencies (town, county, state), but it's ultimately the responsibility of Greenburgh management to follow-up and assure that basic work like this gets done. (For the sake of higher quality, most of our neighboring municipalities just do the work on state and county roads, which is legally allowed and encouraged.)

Though it won't matter for this election, this is the main reason I will not vote to Mr. Feiner next week.

Anonymous said...

Get the Police officers off the hudson River and out of Police headquarters and on to patrol. This would make the Town a better place to live in. I never see patrol cars in my neighborhood. Why do they have so many special units? They have 2 police officers on most EMS call for a hour,
They have the most officers ever in their history, but they're not deployed right, in my opinion

Anonymous said...

maybe when Kevin gets into office next week,he may be able to help the Police Dept. make some changes for the better!
He has a police background.

Anonymous said...

No one wants to talk about the 800 pound gorilla -
Labor practices, and that includes BOTH contractual and "past paractices", are governed by CONTRACTS! Kevin will no more be able to change the composition or work assignments of the Homicide Squad (yes, Greenburgh has one) or the River Patrol than he will suddenly become a wise and benevolent voice of reason.
Poor managerial skills consistently displayed by the Town Supervisor have led to many of the current frustrations. Under "past practices" if you agree to assign, for example, the Homicide Squad to investigate only homicides, you can't reassign them to traffic duty. You can't reassign them to traffic duty even if there are eight of them and there have been less than 10 homicides in Greenburgh in the last 10 years - the practice is simple, no homicide - no work.
The cast of the new Paulitburo -
Fall Guy Whiner, Reeking Carbuncle, Sonya BLANK-Brown, Keep-On Moron, and Judas Beastly -
can't change it.

Anonymous said...

Another lost soul making stupid personnel attacks. But its good to the chief in good form with his usual name calling. The lame duck should leave now and let the department return to its former outstanding reputation. Take the now and always political chief out to pasture with Sheehan and Bernstein. They can all fish together.

dnd said...

I generally support the police department's work, but I have to agree that the Hudson River patrol is pretty silly. But it was promoted and approved because it was cool and trendy at the time. But duplicating other agencies' work isn't cool; it's just expensive and unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

I think the Town should sink the River Patrol. It makes no sense!
while they're at it pull the officers from the schools(what a joke) and put them on patrol. How about the bike police. How are they doing, I never see them on bikes in the neighborhood or in the office at 100 manhattan.

Anonymous said...

A study should be made on how to run the police dept.
Too much waste.
The more we hire the more waste is seen.

Anonymous said...

There is a conceptual issue here about using the state's police powers as a form of revenue generation. If the primary concern were safety, Paul's idea could be supported. But as everyone knows, there is a strong police presence on Central Ave already - particularly nabbing speeders after 10pm at night - the traffic is too great to speed at other times. Consequently, Paul's idea is simply a revenue growing plan. Obviously, this is what White Plains has decided to do (e.g., the intersection of Central Ave. and Aqueduct Rd, anyone?). But is this the proper use of our police force?

Anonymous said...

We do not need cameras.We pay our police dept, good money to protect us in one way or another.
But it seems they only concentrate on Central ave.
We should have one police dept. For the entire Greenburgh.
Why not combine forces? Has this study been made?
Will it save residents tax money?
Does anyone have answers.

Anonymous said...

I have learned that this area is as factual as "big foot". Before you speak on your police department - get the facts straight.

Homocide Squad ??? where, greenburgh police ?? ah, no!

river Patrol, full time ?? where greenburgh police ?? ah, no!

2 police officers on EMS calls ?? where greenburgh police ?? ah, no!

(wonder if it was a member of your family, might you want as many as you can get there, cpr....)

2 cops?? where greenburgh ?? ah, no!


No police in your neighborhood ?? -are you home all day?, do you know what all of our cars look like?

reading this blog makes me laugh -

too many police officers, where greenburgh ? ah, no !!!

FUNNY STUFF - Bash the Police Till you need them !!!!!