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Local leaders show support for red light cameras in Albany

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People may think twice about running a red light in the city of Albany. Leaders met Thursday evening to talk about putting cameras on red lights, to catch drivers breaking the law. Time Warner Cable News' Madeleine Rivera has more on the push to cut down on crashes.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Stand for a while at a busy intersection in Albany, and likely see someone speed through a red light.

"Sometimes, I just go through it, and I don't mean to run a red light, it just turns on me," said Gary Aloocco, an Albany resident.

But, pass a red light, and you'll get a ticket in the mail. That would be the case if the legislature approves a bill to install red light cameras.

"It's around reducing number of accidents in the city. This is about changing people's behaviors about red lights," said Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

The cameras will take a picture of a speeding car's license plate. And, they won't be everywhere. There will be up to 20 cameras at select, busy intersections in the city.

"Lark and Madison we have some issues, Lark and Washington, we have some issues," said Albany Police Chief, Steven Krokoff.

Officials couldn't say the number to which accidents could drop. They're still waiting for approval from the legislature before doing any leg work on traffic studies. But, they're confident this tool will work.

"Research has shown a dramatic drop at the intersections where it as been done in various cities," said Assembly member, Patricia Fahy.

There's no timeline as to when these cameras could be installed. Residents, meanwhile, are divided about the cameras effectiveness.

"It's a problem. But, I see speeding as more of a problem, going 40 on a 30 mile per hour zone," said Aloocco.

Mayor Sheehan was also quick to point out that despite the city's $16 million budget deficit, this bill would not be a way to close the budget gap or to increase revenue.

As for how the city will pay for the cameras, Fahy says the cameras could be leased to the city, and the technology provider would be paid from the revenue generated from these tickets. All this comes at no cost to the city.

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