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Officials Support Cameras At RR Crossings

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

Westchester County officials are supporting state legislation that would allow municipalities to install traffic cameras at grade crossings.

State Senator Terrence Murphy, whose district includes the site of February's deadly grade-crossing collision in Valhalla, was quoted by the Putnam Daily Voice stressing the public-safety link to the legislation. He said

“It is our duty as elected officials to protect our community, and if this simple little thing – along with teaming up with our local leaders – is going to save lives, then it is our obligation to do it.”

Violators caught with cameras would have tickets mailed to them... the paper says that under existing law, cameras are only allowed at traditional traffic lights and for speeding. The legislation unanimously passed the state senate. The next step is for companion legislation to pass the assembly.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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