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HELFER URGES CRACKDOWN ON RUNNING RED LIGHTS

University Council Member Kevin J. Helfer is stepping up his campaign against drivers who run red lights.

Helfer, a candidate for city comptroller, again called Tuesday for using cameras to photograph drivers who run red lights.

He was joined by Harold Brown, division administrator for the Federal Highway Administration.

"Drivers who run red lights endanger the lives of both motorists and pedestrians," Helfer said in a prepared statement. "If we stop red light running, our streets will be safer."

Earlier this year, the Common Council, at Helfer's urging, asked the state to allow Buffalo to use cameras to catch drivers running red lights.

The state has not acted so far.

Helfer said he's working with Amherst to develop a multiple-jurisdictional approach to the problem.

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