City Sued Over Short Yellow Signals

City Sued Over Short Yellow Signals

New York City – A lawsuit has been filed against the City of New York over the city's yellow signals. Three men ticketed by the city's traffic cameras are claiming the city's yellow signals are shorter than the law allows them to be.

According to the complaint filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the city's traffic lights that change to red are displaying yellow for less than the federal minimum of three seconds. The complaint also argues that the city has installed 168 more cameras than are permitted by state law.

The complaint is stating that the city must refund the fines illegally collected without proper cause since the red-light camera program was introduced in 1998. The three men in the suit are suing on behalf of other motorists who have also been caught by the cameras and fined.

According to the complaint, in April of 1998, New York passed legislation that allowed the city to install red-light cameras in 50 locations. Subsequent bills were passed in June of 2006 and April of 2009 allowing the installation of 100 more cameras; however, the three men allege the city is operating 318 cameras in total.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are asking that the program be halted indefinitely until it conforms to all state and federal laws; they are also seeking a refund of "illegitimately issued citations and improper fines."

According to Bloomberg, the city's red light program has generated nearly $235 million in revenue since 2007, including the $47.2 million in 2011 in the plaintiff's claim. If you have received a ticket at one of the city's red-light cameras, you are urged to contact a traffic ticket attorney from Gannes & Musico, LLP to discuss fighting your ticket!

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