Council member Vincent Ignizio introduced a bill Wednesday that will require the city to post signs warning of the location of red-light cameras.
“We owe it to the motorists to let them know this is a camera-enforced intersection,” said Ignizio, according to the Daily News. Ignizio represents a district on Staten Island, the borough with the highest percentage of car ownership in the city.
The city’s current policy is not to disclose the locations where cameras are installed. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently allowed to install red-light cameras at 150 intersections.
The new legislation also requires the installation of pedestrian countdown clocks at the intersections with cameras.
“It’s not about revenue-generating. It’s about slowing people down and getting them to stop,” Ignizio said.
Last year, 575,000 notices of red-light violations were issued because of the city’s cameras.
According to DOT statistics, red-light violations drop 60 percent at locations with cameras installed.