Vandals Disable Red Light Cameras

Vandals Disable Red Light Cameras

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hmmm

Lodi, NJ

#1 Aug 19, 2010
Red-light camera vandalism has struck in Nassau County.

Officials say that between 2 and 4 a.m. on Aug. 1 - almost one year after the county began using the cash-producing technology - someone armed with spray paint disabled 14 cameras. One also had its antenna damaged so that it couldn't relay photo images.

The vandal or vandals hit cameras at five intersections in Carle Place, East Garden City, East Meadow and Westbury. Police and county officials are investigating and reviewing tapes from the camera systems, which record at all times. No arrests have been made.

David Rich, assistant executive director of the county's Traffic & Parking Violations Agency, said the video frames vibrated strongly just before going dark, leading officials to believe that someone climbed the camera poles, which can be 16 feet high, to reach the target.

"You are looking at a nice street view and the next thing you see, it becomes all cloudy and black, and you can see the paint run down," Rich said. Camera poles are between 80 and 120 feet from the intersections they monitor.

An Arizona company's contract with the county allows two days to repair a camera that has become "nonfunctional," meaning it can't produce violations. Rich said the sprayed cameras were back in full service within 24 hours; the one with the disabled antenna within 48 hours.

The cameras have proved to be a cash bonanza for Nassau. The county took in $749,612 from red-light violations in 2009 given out by a law enforcement officer. In 2010, the cameras alone are projected to generate more than $13 million for the county.

Whether roads are safer is harder to measure, but county officials who back the cameras cite safety benefits. Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), a camera proponent, called damaging the cameras a "really horrible thing to do."

This is Nassau's first experience with red-light camera vandalism, but the cameras, and those designed to nab speeders, have been subject to mischief across the country. Cameras in New York City, which began its program in 1993, have been spray painted, shot with bullets and damaged with blowtorches.

Jim Baxter, president of the National Motorists Association, which opposes the cameras, said reaction to them has sometimes been humorous - such as someone wrapping them like presents around Christmas - and in one case tragic. A man in Arizona last year fired bullets at a speed camera service van, not knowing it was occupied, Baxter said, killing a technician inside.

The deep anger some people feel toward the cameras is not only about money, Baxter said.

"There is a pretty strong undertone about privacy issues," he said. "People don't like the fact that their comings and goings are being monitored to the extent that they are."

KBM

Since: Aug 09

Holbrook, NY

#2 Aug 19, 2010
hmmm wrote:
Police and county officials are investigating and reviewing tapes from the camera systems, which record at all times.
Are these tapes subject to being subpoenaed by an attorney or insurance company investigating a collision at the intersection?
What U Lookin AT

White Plains, NY

#3 Aug 20, 2010
Maybe people don't like to have their picture taken at all times?

“Slightly below above-average”

Since: Jul 10

arguably garrulous

#4 Aug 20, 2010
In unrelated news...
Donut sales have risen steadily since the cameras were first installed.

“Very interested and impressed”

Since: Jan 10

Baldwin park

#5 Aug 20, 2010
HangUpAndDrive wrote:
In unrelated news...
Donut sales have risen steadily since the cameras were first installed.
What type of donuts? The red jelly or yellow jelly donuts ... O and the what about cream donuts .. Those are good ..

“Slightly below above-average”

Since: Jul 10

arguably garrulous

#6 Aug 20, 2010
Physically Involved wrote:
<quoted text>
What type of donuts? The red jelly or yellow jelly donuts ... O and the what about cream donuts .. Those are good ..
We don't have any pictures of a single sale.

My father, as a baker's apprentice, used to fill the cream donuts; then he met my mother.

Since: Jul 10

Mahwah, NJ

#7 Aug 20, 2010
This was the act of righteous rebels. They went the spray paint route. They should have gone the plastic explosive route.
not saying

United States

#8 Aug 20, 2010
Finally some positive news.
mad

New York, NY

#9 Aug 20, 2010
Being that you literally have 4 seconds to get through the intersection once the light turns yellow, I would call these cameras something like entrapment. Maybe if Nassau County gave motorist enough time to physically get through the intersections before a photo is taken, it would'nt be creating such anger. Nassau County needs to be realistic and stop bilking the motorist for additions funds to bail their sorry asses out of debt. It's bad enough we pay DMV insane prices for ANY transaction. I say way to go. Too bad all of the cameras weren't disabled!!!!
mad again

New York, NY

#10 Aug 20, 2010
P.S. Kathleen Rice running for NYS Attorney General??? Guess what...if elected, red light cameras coming to a county near you..... I'm sure it will go statewide so she can boast about how she bailed out NYS from it's financial crisis!!!! Please!!!!
Red Rover

West Islip, NY

#11 Aug 22, 2010
If Johnny rides his pony through a red light or green light in 1, 2, or 3 seconds, will he be TAGged with a ticket?

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#12 Aug 23, 2010
I got nailed by one of these red light cameras in Suffolk county recently. It was late at night and the light just turned yellow when I passed the line. I had no idea the camera was installed there but knew once the strobes went off I was getting tagged. I looked up and the light just turned red when I was under it. Bogus ticket for sure.

I am surprised they didn't try something like a paintball gun instead of climbing that pole. Would have been easier I think .
Delete

Richmond Hill, NY

#13 Aug 23, 2010
Nassau County has announced that it is installing security cameras to monitor the intersection cameras.
Harry Mantooth

Pompano Beach, FL

#14 Jan 30, 2011
Not that I would do this but, if you were going to "disable" these camera$ with spray paint, why not use CLEAR paint on the lens? The $camera can keep taking pictures, but none of them would have anywhere near a CLEAR picture of any vehicle being snapped. Probably would take a while for the "powers that be" to realize that their revenue generators weren't generating!
ThomasA

Gadsden, AL

#15 Jan 31, 2011
Check out "Camera blocker" site. There are light diffusing covers and non reflecting sprays to blot out strobe lights from the cameras. Spray is better, officers can see cover.
liner

Bronx, NY

#16 Jan 31, 2011
ThomasA wrote:
Check out "Camera blocker" site. There are light diffusing covers and non reflecting sprays to blot out strobe lights from the cameras. Spray is better, officers can see cover.
They don't work.
liner

Bronx, NY

#17 Jan 31, 2011
mad wrote:
Being that you literally have 4 seconds to get through the intersection once the light turns yellow, I would call these cameras something like entrapment. Maybe if Nassau County gave motorist enough time to physically get through the intersections before a photo is taken, it would'nt be creating such anger. Nassau County needs to be realistic and stop bilking the motorist for additions funds to bail their sorry asses out of debt. It's bad enough we pay DMV insane prices for ANY transaction. I say way to go. Too bad all of the cameras weren't disabled!!!!
You're lucky if you have a 4 second yellow. What they've been doing is shortening the yellow, thereby almost guaranteeing you'll get a ticket. Trust me, the ONLY reason for these things is revenue. The safety excuse (it's for the children) is totally bogus. I'm not aware of any impartial study that has shown any significant decrease in accidents at camera intersections. Some have actually increased the accident rate. You could look it up.

“Forward - over the cliff!!”

Since: Jul 10

Soetoro, Kenya

#18 Jan 31, 2011
liner wrote:
<quoted text>
You're lucky if you have a 4 second yellow. What they've been doing is shortening the yellow, thereby almost guaranteeing you'll get a ticket. Trust me, the ONLY reason for these things is revenue. The safety excuse (it's for the children) is totally bogus. I'm not aware of any impartial study that has shown any significant decrease in accidents at camera intersections. Some have actually increased the accident rate. You could look it up.
Probably people are slamming on the brakes on yellow, to avoid the revenue raising machines, and the car behind is not expecting it.

I doubt the county will care much, though, as long as the money pours in. They need it, to pay their $150K/year cops and their fat cash severances and fat pensions.

I only wonder when the county will start charging motorists who get into accidents. Other cities/counties are going to charge motorists up to $3K if they get into an accident and an ambulance is needed, even if its not your fault and someone runs into you.

These Union Monkey contracts are very, very costly, you know, and the taxes just aren't enough anymore. So, we now have money cameras to trap people.
corruption

Valley Stream, NY

#19 Jan 31, 2011
I was waiting for this to happen, too bad they didn't ram the poles down with a Hummer. I have gotten one...however, what is most annoying is the people who now slam on their brakes. I'm sure there is no study that they actually increase rear-end collisions, why would there be so long as the county gets money.

The county wouldn't need so much money if half the police force wasn't getting paid 150k a year to be union monkey police who should be doing this job to begin with.

I look forward to Nassau county and/or the state going bankrupt so all union contracts can be null and void. This day is coming, wait and see!
shameless-li

Denver, CO

#20 Jan 31, 2011
i wish they could use those red light camera's to take pictures of cars with snow on them and ticket them.
it's 4 days since the last storm and people still have snow on their roofs.
it makes me laugh that all these people buy these big SUVs and trucks to look tough and feel "safe", yet they can't clean them.
i bet they have no problem putting things on a roof rack or storage container but when it comes to cleaning off snow, forget about it.
lazy jackazzes

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