EDISON – The township has installed red light cameras at three intersections as part of a public safety program, Mayor Antonia Ricigliano announced.
Red Flex installed cameras at three Route 1 intersections around town where red light running and accidents are of major concern to public safety, according to the mayor.
“Public safety is of utmost concern to my administration. I am confident this system will help in saving lives and preventing accidents,” said Ricigliano.
A warning period is set to begin on Monday, April 25. During this 30 days period, violators will be issued a warning. After May 24, violators will receive a citation and fine. The Red Flex traffic system will capture the license plate image of the violator alerting authorities of the registered owner of the offending vehicle.
Red Flex Traffic Systems, Inc., has installed its red light violation monitoring system at these intersections:
- Route 1 & Plainfield Avenue, north- and southbound
- Route 1 & Prince Street, north- and southbound
- Route 1 & Wooding Ave., east- and westbound
While some officials tout the use of red light cameras as a safety initiative, others believe that they are a way for cash-strapped municipalities to boost revenue collections.
State Sen. Nick Scutari (D-Union/Middlesex) has sponsored legislation to repeal New Jersey’s five-year pilot program to permit the use of red light cameras. He said Gov. Christie’s push to expand the pilot program is “being used as a way to siphon money from New Jersey residents who are already overburdened with taxes and fees.”
Scutari also raised other concerns with the state pilot program, noting that cameras could cause drivers to stop short at an intersection to avoid a ticket, resulting in a traffic accident.
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