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MURRAY CRAFTING “YELLOW LIGHT TIMING” LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2016

Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I- East Patchogue) announced today his intention to introduce a bill that he has drafted that would institute a statewide standard for the minimum amount of time that a yellow traffic light must stay lit before changing to red.

With the emergence of red light cameras, many Long Islanders have expressed concern that camera-affixed intersections may have shortened yellow lights in an effort to increase the amount of tickets given to our motorists,” said Murray. “If true, this unacceptable practice can endanger drivers by forcing them in many cases to have to choose between getting a ticket or possibly getting rear-ended.  A statewide minimum requirement of a four second duration for all yellow lights will increase safety while ensuring peace of mind for motorists approaching an intersection. This change will also allow law enforcement to effectively pursue and prosecute those breaking the law. This is a win-win scenario with no cost to taxpayers.”

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