Red Light Camera Controversy - My9 New Jersey

Red Light Camera Controversy

Posted: Updated:
Lawrence, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

There is a growing controversy surrounding red light cameras in New Jersey.

One example is in Lawrence, where some people claim that red light cameras have made an already dangerous intersection on Route 1 even more dangerous.

Drivers who travel this area often say the cameras actually cause more accidents in this particular area.

"I saw someone stop when it turned yellow and almost caused an accident," one driver complained to Chasing New Jersey.  "Somebody was still going at speed and had to change lanes in order to avoid an accident."

If you run a red light where one of these cameras are installed you get an automated ticket in the mail.

The camera contractor, American Traffic Solutions, recently settled a class action lawsuit with drivers paying out more than $4 million even as it admitted no wrong doing.  However, that amount is only about 10% of the revenue the lights have taken in from the hundreds of thousands of tickets issued in the case.

Now Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon(R-Red Bank), a long-time critic of the cameras, calling the program "wrongheaded from the very start" is demanding numbers from townships.

"These systems are designed to rip people off," O'Scanlon says. "That's what they do. That's what they are designed to do and to line the pockets of the companies that are purveyors of them and the municipalities that let them in their borders."

Under the current system, the cameras are decided on municipality by municipality.  The state will decide next year whether to allow or ban the systems statewide.

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Backlash Over 9-Year-Old Uzi Accident That Killed A Shooting Instructor

    Backlash Over 9-Year-Old Uzi Accident That Killed A Shooting Instructor

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:34:27 GMT
    The tragic accident of a 9-year-old New Jersey Girl who shot and killed a Las Vegas shooting instructor while shooting a fully automatic Uzi has gained national attention. The young girl was learning to shoot when the gun recoiled hitting the instructor in the head and killing him. This story has once again opened the debate about appropriate use of guns among children.
    The tragic accident of a 9-year-old New Jersey Girl who shot and killed a Las Vegas shooting instructor while shooting a fully automatic Uzi has gained national attention. The young girl was learning to shoot when the gun recoiled hitting the instructor in the head and killing him. This story has once again opened the debate about appropriate use of guns among children.
  • Town Passes Recording Ordinance After Cop Caught Dissing Obama

    Town Passes Recording Ordinance After Cop Caught Dissing Obama

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:33:59 GMT
    Steven Wronko is a Helmetta, New Jersey resident who recently taped local police officer, Richard Recine, saying that he doesn't have to follow the U.S. Constitution because President Obama doesn't. “Obama has decimated the friggen Constitution so I don't give a damn, cause if he doesn't have to follow the Constitution, we don't have to,” Recine is heard saying on tape.
    Steven Wronko is a Helmetta, New Jersey resident who recently taped local police officer, Richard Recine, saying that he doesn't have to follow the U.S. Constitution because President Obama doesn't. “Obama has decimated the friggen Constitution so I don't give a damn, cause if he doesn't have to follow the Constitution, we don't have to,” Recine is heard saying on tape.
  • Atlantic City Resident Heads To Court To Fight Eminent Domain

    Atlantic City Resident Heads To Court To Fight Eminent Domain

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:33:07 GMT
    Chasing New Jersey first brought you the story of Charlie Birnbaum who is engrossed in a battle with the city of Atlantic City over eminent domain. Birnbaum's home is in the shadow of the Revel Casino and he was in court yesterday to fight the seizure of his property for public use. Even though the Revel Casino will be shutting its doors, the city still wants to take over his property and Birnbaum isn't going out without a fight.
    Chasing New Jersey first brought you the story of Charlie Birnbaum who is engrossed in a battle with the city of Atlantic City over eminent domain. Birnbaum's home is in the shadow of the Revel Casino and he was in court yesterday to fight the seizure of his property for public use. Even though the Revel Casino will be shutting its doors, the city still wants to take over his property and Birnbaum isn't going out without a fight.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices