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NYPD To Google: Stop Revealing Location Of DWI Checkpoints

The NYPD has sent a cease and desist letter to Google, demanding that it remove alerts about DWI checkpoints on the Waze driving app. […] “This letter serves to put you on notice that the NYPD has become aware that the Waze Mobile application, a community-driven GPS navigation application owned by Google LLC, currently permits the public to report DWI checkpoints throughout New York City and map these locations on the application,” the NYPD wrote.

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New NYC law to require countdown clocks at red light camera intersections

The New York City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation, authored by Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island), that will require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install pedestrian countdown clocks at all intersections that feature red light cameras. Read the full article at silive.com

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Facial Recognition Toll Booths Identify Drivers and Passengers, Notify Police Within Seconds

The state of New York is using facial recognition cameras to identify drivers and passengers at toll booths. Police are also testing facial recognition cameras that can identify people based on the shape of their ears! Read the full article at Activist Post.

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How Democrats Pulled Off a "Dream Scenario" in New York's State Senate

Democrat Andrew Gounardes dethroned longtime Republican incumbent Marty Golden, who may have been hurt by his resistance to the city’s school zone speed camera program. […] Rallying with safe streets advocates Wednesday, Gounardes predicted swift action on speed cameras come January under the leadership of new Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “The Democratic conference all supported extending the speed camera program this past session,” Gounardes said. “This is a no-brainer for us.

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NYC speed camera program to expire

“New York City is ending its use of speed cameras to crack down on dangerous driving near schools after lawmakers in Albany didn’t renew the program.” Read the full article at CBS6 Albany.

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Mayor de Blasio calls for additional speed cameras, safer streets

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged state lawmakers to act on the expansion of additional speed cameras in the city and the redesign of a deadly intersection. Read the full article at News12 Brooklyn.

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Golden co-sponsors speed camera bill

A state Senate bill to allow New York City to install more cameras on streets near schools to catch speeding drivers has won the support of a major holdout, state Sen. Marty Golden, who announced that he is backing the legislation following a meeting he had with transportation safety advocates. Read the full article at Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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Push to Expand Speed Cameras Mired in Albany Politics

For some, the prospect of any cameras at all seems like a strategy designed to make money off unsuspecting drivers. “They always couch it in safety of some kind, but there are a lot of other ways to have streets be safer,” said Shelia Dunn, a spokeswoman for the National Motorists Association, who said better traffic safety education for children could be part of the solution. “There are lots of ways to handle this, rather than trying to make more money.

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City's 'gotcha' traffic cameras use short yellow lights to increase ticket revenue: study

Article is from 2012. RLC towns love to use short ambers to churn tickets. The city Department of Transportation says the standard time it sets its yellow lights at is about a second for every 10 mph of the speed limit […] the AAA engineers found that the city’s yellow lights at intersections with cameras were coming in as low as 2.53 seconds. Read the full article at New York Post.

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