A red light camera ticket in New York City will not require a phone, as the city announced Thursday.
“The City of New York is making this change to the way red light cameras are being used and has made the change effective immediately,” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
“In New York, motorists are responsible for knowing the law and being aware of the requirements of the law before they are required to turn on a red light or signal.
New York also made a change to its existing law, which now states that all drivers must use a phone or other device to record video of the intersection.
The city is making clear that the new law will not allow a phone to be used to record a red signal.”
According to a Department of Transportation news release, drivers will still be able to record red lights with an iPhone or other compatible smartphone.
A red light enforcement officer with the New York Police Department said the change was a result of a partnership between the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department on Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
“Red light camera tickets in New Jersey have been reduced from nearly 100,000 to 15,000 since 2014, with the majority of those reductions coming from New Jersey and New York state,” the statement from the department read.
“However, the New Yorkers who were stopped and ticketed were unable to afford an iPhone because of the low cost of the device and the need to travel to the ticket office.”
As a result, the NYPD will be expanding the use of smartphone apps, with more cameras, to ensure that the state can keep the red light video recorders out of the hands of innocent New Yorkers.
In 2018, the state of New Jersey began issuing tickets for motorists who did not turn on their phones when they crossed the intersection of Elm and Avenue B. A video of one such incident went viral, and it garnered the attention of a number of tech-savvy politicians, including Gov.
In February 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that makes it a felony to record or otherwise record a stop sign, and a felony for anyone who “shall unlawfully record or record a signal” that is audible from more than 200 feet away.
New York has had a series of red light tickets in recent years, including one that cost the city more than $1 million.