Senator Wants Ban on Turns At Red Light Camera Locations
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 26, 2012
A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban right-turns-on-red at intersections with red light cameras.
Senator Shirley Turner say about 80 percent of the fines from red light camera violations in her district result from not stopping long enough before turning right on red.
“If we can cut out the right hand turns at those intersections where there are red light cameras, I think eventually they’ll have to take those cameras down because it will not be profitable. So we’re trying to starve the beast.”
Law enforcement officials say banning those right-on-red turns would cause more traffic delays. Turner says there are already delays at those intersections
“The motorists who have gotten those tickets because they had turned right on red, they’re now fearful so they’re not turning anyway. They’re waiting for the light to change.”
Turner has opposed red light cameras from the start. She maintains they're just a cash cow for municipalities and the companies that install them.
© 2012 WBGO News
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