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 Links of the Day:

– Rochester is issuing so many red light camera tickets, the mayor proposed hiring a $29,000-a-year clerk to handle the workload. The information is his 2012-13 budget proposal.

The program is expected to net $1.7 million in fines next fiscal year, but will cost $688,000 to add more intersections. The city has about a 55 percent collection rate and is exploring sending unpaid fines to a collection agency.

Rochester has issued more than 50,000 tickets since the cameras were installed in late 2010. The police department says it’s too early to know if the program is impacting safety.

Update: The amount of money the city expects to collect next fiscal year would double.

– Shortly after Monroe Community College announced its decision to move its downtown campus to Kodak, County Executive Maggie Brooks said she supported the college’s right to determine where it wants to locate. So I don’t understand why the county’s inclusion of the plan in its capital projects came as a surprise to the Democrat and Chronicle. The big hurdle, of course, remains in the legislature. Democrats will be under huge pressure not to support MCC’s request for money for a new campus at Kodak.

– Sanity prevails! ABC and other sponsors are demanding Nik Wallenda wear a tether during his wire walk over Niagara Falls. Politicians only cared about filling up hotel rooms, not whether the man falls to his death. (Wallenda’s wife acknowledges that’s a real possibility. “If we fall, we die.”)

 The New York Times featured the photographs of a woman who lived in Rochester. Myra Greene is black and the pictures are of her white friends, many of whom still live here.

– Cable companies are banding together to offer Wi-Fi to subscribers. I love this!

– The woman who had sweat-reduction surgery says the ads that air during Sabres games ruined her life.

This is a very, very unfortunate typo in a commencement program.

6 Responses to Help Needed to Process Red Light Camera Tickets

  1. I know people hate these… But I was walking home from work the other day when I saw a car roll through a red-light at East and Culver and hit a bicyclist – completely knocking him over – and then drive away fast… The biker was okay (thankfully), although it bike was a mess. And this was on an intersection that already has a camera (although not pointed in the right direction to catch this)… It made me mad and wished we had more of these around so drivers get the message that children, bicycles and older people use these city sidewalks.

  2. May 22, 2012 at 9:44 am lola responds:

    Adam, that’s unfortunate that happened and I’m glad the bicyclist is okay. But either way, having a red light camera at that intersection or anywhere intersection wouldn’t have stopped that car from rolling that red light. Don’t take my word for it, the statistics speak for themselves. The presences of the cameras only increases city revenues, not curb driver behavior. And thinking otherwise only provides a false sense of safety.

  3. May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm theodore kumlander responds:

    Now that i am getting regular updates from the rochesteian i find it interesting that the real news is being published on the internet. while the democrat an chronicle continues to publish puff peices for everybody. it is almost like the D&C is the print arm of a big public relations firm.

    • May 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm Rachel responds:

      Thanks for reading! If you’ll notice, however, I do link to D&C stories. They are still important in our community.

  4. May 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm Mittens responds:

    Adam, that makes me livid. Things like that should be an issue here. As a pedestrian, I hardly feel safe crossing the street in Rochester outside of center city. The drivers just don’t care! I’ve been nearly mowed down on almost every single street in this city. I’ve also been hit riding my bike on Culver, a street that I consider to be pretty bike friendly. If you go to larger cities such as Toronto, cars yield to all pedestrians and cyclists in an orderly fashion, encouraging that type of transportation. Rochester not only discourages pedestrians, but it scares the living hell out of them! I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been nearly killed in a crosswalk before the idiotic drivers put their eyes back on the road. Things are getting better in Rochester with new bike lanes and promotion of this behavior such as
    “bike week,” but our city still has a long way to go.

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