COMMACK - A Suffolk County legislator demanded an end to the county’s red-light camera program after a state report found that rear-end accidents have risen 42 percent at intersections where red-light cameras were installed.
Legislator Robert Trotta, a Republican, called for an immediate suspension of the program.
"It's nothing more than taxation by citation," Trotta said. "Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has turned the residents of Suffolk County into crash-test dummies."
At 44 of the 100 intersections with cameras, the frequency of injury accidents through the end of 2014 increased compared with the three-year period before the program was implemented in 2010, Newsday reported in an analysis of the report.
The intersection of Commack Road and Dorothea Street had the greatest increase in rear-end accidents, according to the report. They rose from 17 to 35.
Bellone's office told News 12 that it fully supports the red-light camera program. Deputy County Executive John Schneider said data shows overall accidents with injuries are down 4 percent, and right angle T-bone crashes are down 21 percent.