"That’s not a red light camera and it doesn’t work. That’s not how they look anyway,” the employee explained to Patch.
DOT acknowledges this is not a red-light camera, but won't confirm that it's a decoy. The neighborhood has accepted that this camera is actually a dummy, though, a scarecrow, frightening motorists into obeying red light laws like a plastic owl keeps pigeons off your roof. Which, hey, has its benefits, except you can't keep it up forever. According to the Patch:
The DOT’s website states their studies have shown a 40 percent decrease where the red light cameras have been installed. From 1993 through 2007 the cameras have issued more than 4 million summonses and about 88 percent of those tickets have found the motorist guilty for it's near impossible to contest photographic evidence of a driver driving through a red light...Eduardo Sandoval, the manager of Body Reserve on Fifth Avenue, said 'the eye in the sky' initially lowered the average speed and helped people drive better and more responsibly. But, once it was “known to be a fake camera,” cars started to speed again.