A man dubbed the Red Light Robin Hood has been arrested again for cutting the wires to cameras at intersections.
Stephen Ruth cut the wires to traffic cameras at intersections where yellow light duration times were shortened to generate money for the county.
The shortened duration times at the traffic lights generate $32 million for Suffolk County, which is why the county allows the practice to continue despite their own study showing they lead to an increase in accidents with injuries.
PINAC’s Theresa Richard reported about Stephen Ruth back in February after seeing videos he posted on Facebook that prove the lights near the cameras trick drivers into citations.
At that point, Ruth had already been arrested in August for using a painter’s extension rod to point the cameras towards the sky.
On April 11, he went a little further and cut wires to 18 cameras.
“I cut the cable wires, making it useless. I’ve made it dysfunctional, just like the whole red-light camera program,” said Ruth during a local interview.
And after he cut the wires, he called the news to cover his act of civil disobedience, which resulted in his arrest after police received pressure from politicians. Ruth said police and sheriff deputies support him, because they’re aware of the shortened yellow lights.
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