Bloomberg pushes for more red-light cameras

August 23, 2011 6:00:14 AM PDT
A plan to paint the town in red-light cameras is gaining momentum.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is working to install the cameras all over New York City.

Right now, there are only 150 cameras snapping pictures of cars running red lights.

Bloomberg believes more cameras would save pedestrian lives.

The mayor says in addition to facing fines, maybe people should see their names published as well.

The cameras generated nearly $53 million in fines last year.

According to the Daily News, Department of Transportation records show that more than 1 million summonses were issued in 2010 to unsuspecting drivers.

The $50 tickets and a photo that clearly shows the license plate and the car crossing the intersection are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Red-light cameras were first installed in New York City in 2007.

The DOT also is seeking approval from the state Legislature to install cameras that would catch motorists who exceed the city's 30 mph speed limit.