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Red light cameras may cost more but will lead to many more New York parking tickets

Red light cameras in Nassau County, which were supposed to generate millions of dollars for the county without any upfront expense, will require more than $1 million in start-up costs, county officials now say.

The money is a combination of the amount it will cost to lease the actual equipment and to hire nine new clerks (approx $330,000) to handle the expected tripling of its current annual average of 300,000 tickets.

Some Nassau officials are upset they were told one thing which is actually turning out to be something else.  Others are saying it’s more a matter of bookkeeping with respect to what money is paid and when it’s paid.

Personally, I’m not sure how anyone really could have thought there would be zero start up costs.  The new clerks and the overhead of simply managing the increase in red light camera tickets issued seem to be a pretty obvious and predictable expense.

No one, however, is worried about the program ultimately turning a profit. The cameras are projected to bring in $3 million this year and about $12 million for each whole year.

As always with these tickets, it’s important to note that they are considered New York parking tickets, not traffic tickets.  If you receive a red light camera ticket in the mail, you are actually being charged with a NY parking violation, not a moving violation.  These camera tickets are written against the car itself and do not attach to an individual’s driver license.

Thanks to Newsday for reporting this story which can be found in it’s entirety here:  Nassau County red light parking tickets cost.

Submitted by New York traffic ticket lawyer Scott Feifer

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