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Albany: Two Red Light Cameras Ready To Roll

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m., the red light cameras at the eastbound approach of Shaker Road and Northern Boulevard and the westbound approach of Washington Avenue and Quail Street will be fully operational and going “live.”

There will be a warning period for the first ten days at each of the intersections. Starting at 12:00 a.m. on July 31, motorists who are captured passing through a red light may be subject to a red light camera citation.

Red light camera citations will not add points to a driving record. Each violation will be treated as a parking ticket, and will include a fine of $50 issued to car owners rather than drivers.

Under a contract with the GATSO USA, a number of features to ensure citations are issued and processed fairly, include:

• having Albany Police Department make the final determination of whether a citation will be issued;
• issuing citations only when cars enter an intersection after a light has turned red;
• making yellow lights at these intersections, which are under the control of the City, last 4 seconds;
• having contested citations handled by Albany City Court, as are parking tickets.

For more information about the red light cameras in Albany, please visit www.albanyny.gov

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