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Red Light Camera Controversy Folo

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Hank continues to chase the story about red light cameras in New Jersey.  He met up with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon who had just held a press conference earlier to oppose the use of these cameras on New Jersey streets.  This is a controversial topic because many feel that these cameras are necessary to help crack down on those who are breaking the law.  O’Scanlon however feels differently.  He says that “these cameras do not reduce accidents” and that over 15 years of data will prove that.  He went on to say that “the only people who push this myth that they reduce accidents and fatalities are the camera companies who are stealing tens of millions of dollars just from the people of New Jersey.”

Hank discusses the “rock hard” video data that was presented at the presser that proves that some townships and camera companies go as far as shaving seconds off yellow-light times which is against Department of Transportation standards in order to capture more people running red lights and therefore bringing in more revenue.  In fact, data also shows that there was an increase in accidents by 300% in the locations where these cameras were installed. 

Back in the studio Bill questions if these local municipalities have the right to govern traffic safety in their own towns.  The debate heats up when the Chasers chime in to battle over whether this is really about safety or money.

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