Red Light Cameras Glitch Might Not Cost Towns

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 22, 2014

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Officials in New Jersey towns with red-light cameras hope they won't be losing revenue because of a technical glitch that's resulted in local courts dismissing more than 17,000 violations.

American Traffic Solutions failed to send out violation notices on time because of a computer problem.

One of the red light cameras is in Lawrence Township at Route 1 and Bakers Basin Road. Township Manager Richard Krawczun doesn't expect the snafu will cost the town.

"We were told by a representative of ATS that we will be made whole for any lost revenue due to the dismissal of some citations."

An ATS spokesman says the company will work with customers to remedy any negative financial impacts.

Krawczun says that's not his major concern.

"I do find it frustrating that this has detracted from what could be a very good program. The safety of the program is equally important if not more important than the revenue."

24 cities and towns in New Jersey are participating in the pilot red light camera program that expires in December.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is an outspoken opponent of the cameras. He says the technical glitch is the latest example why the program should not be renewed.

“It’s good news to the folks that would have been receiving these tickets. It’s bad news though for the integrity of the program. If they can make a mistake like this, who’s to say that any of these systems or any of them are accurate or treat people fairly.”  


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