Updated 06/03/2011 11:00 PM
Red Light Camera Goes Up Where Young Woman Died
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Rochester city leaders put up a red light camera Friday at a pedestrian walkway where a young woman died five years ago. YNN’s Kate McGowan explains how the move is helping people cross St. Paul Street a little easier.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Millie Key said, “My hope is that these lights work in every place they're put in."
Key lost her friend, Bertina Forde, 26, five years ago.
Forde was hit by a car that did not stop as she was crossing at a pedestrian walk on St. Paul Street.
“Her tragedy has now made something good come.”
The city of Rochester has taken action, setting up a red light camera at the place where Forde was killed.
Those who use the cross walk on a daily basis said this couldn't have come at a better time.
“The city actually did a test for one day and found over 50 people running that light in one day,” said Forde’s co-worker, Evelyn Evans.
Ten red light cameras have been set up at intersections across the city.
The cameras capture still and video images of vehicles running red lights.
Violators face a $50 penalty.
Some said the cross walk at St. Paul is extremely dangerous.
“People think its okay to run the light. In addition, people tend to really go fast, like way more than the 30 mph speed limit,” said Evans.
Many say they feel safer and more comfortable walking across the street now that the red light has been installed.
“Today was the first day I actually used the cross walk while crossing with the light, knowing that if somebody tried to run the light, they would be spotted, their license plate would be taken, and that would add to my safety,” said Evans.
Key hopes this red light camera will teach drivers an important lesson.
“Hopefully now we can look beyond that and think that she’s up there, smiling at us like she always did everyday.”