More Problems With NJ Red Light Cameras
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 2, 2012
A state lawmaker says there are still problems with New Jersey’s red light camera program and is urging towns to suspend their use.
A five-week suspension for issuing tickets at most of the red light camera intersections in New Jersey was lifted last week after the state determined the lights were timed properly.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon says an independent engineer he brought in has found that yellow lights at four of the six camera locations they examined do not allow enough time to get through the intersections before the lights turns red.
“The bottom line is this program is a mess. It’s been a mess from minute one, and we absolutely need to fix it or kill it. I’m ready to scrap it but short of that if we’re going to keep this pilot program in place it has to be fair.”
O’Scanlon expects bipartisan support for legislation he’ll introduce to mandate increased yellow light times at those red light camera intersections.
“One second of yellow could mean 50 percent or more the people you are ticketing and charging and punishing are innocent. They’re not doing anything wrong. So you could cut infractions just by proper yellow light timing by more than half.”
© 2012 WBGO News
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