An Orange County lawmaker is partnering with the City of Newburgh Police Department to combat dangerous driving in the city. Our Meredith Zaritheny has more on the push for a certain kind of camera that some believe will make the streets safer.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "I'm scared they're going to hit the kids. We got a lot of kids playing on the street," said Clyde Jackson, City of Newburgh resident.
For Cylde Jackson, a father of three, and many other families on Dupont Avenue, dangerous driving has become a growing problem in their neighborhood.
"I know about driving. They come through here like they just don't care, you know, like this for a race track," said Jackson.
Newburgh Police say dangerous driving is a city wide problem. Now, Police Chief Michael Ferrara and County Legislator Patrick Berardinelli want to put technology on their side by installing red light cameras at the city's busiest intersections.
"By petitioning the Governor, if we get enough signatures, he's going to know that the people in the City of Newburgh, anyway, want this changes, they want to be able to protect their kids," said Berardinelli.
Right now, the law does not allow red light cameras in cities with a population less than one million. Police say changing this law is critical for the safety of all residents in the city.
"It's technology that would help us do our job 100 times better. We can't be in every location possible. There is 72 miles of city streets, hundreds of intersections with stop signs, with traffic lights," said Chief Ferrara.
Throughout the City of Newburgh, there are at least a dozen locations that are so dangerous, police say they are in critical need of red light cameras.
"Machines can do the work of a thousand people at the same time. All these intersections we have problems with and that we know people are going through the red lights at these intersections, we can monitor them for safety," said Chief Ferrara.
Berardinelli is circulating a petition that he hopes will help change the law. A law residents say that might just save lives.
"I'm scared somebody going to get killed, there's going to be a bad accident," said Jackson.