Lawmaker Calls For Expansion Of Red Light Camera Program

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Asm. John Wisniewski

STATE –Citing the results of a study released today, a New Jersey lawmaker is calling for the an expansion of the use of red light cameras at busy intersections throughout the state.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) released new research on Wednesday showing that New Jersey’s registered voters overwhelmingly support the use of red light cameras. The poll found that 77 percent back the use of cameras at busy intersections in New Jersey, with 43 percent saying they “strongly support” the cameras.

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“New Jersey voters report that drivers in the state are more careful when they are aware that red light cameras are installed at busy intersections,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of National Research Inc, whose client list includes Fortuna 500 companies, and elected officials throughout the country, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “They perceive the same thing as other studies are showing – that these cameras make roads safer, help prevent accidents, and save lives.”

Asm. John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) sponsored the legislation establishing a pilot program that allowed municipalities to install traffic control signal monitoring systems at approved intersections.

Seventeen municipalities currently use this technology: Brick in Ocean County; East Brunswick, New Brunswick, Edison, Woodbridge in Middlesex County; Linden and Roselle Park in Union County; Deptford, Monroe and Glassboro in Gloucester County; Stratford, Gloucester Township and Cherry Hill in Camden County; Wayne in Passaic County; Jersey City in Hudson County; Palisades Park in Bergen County and Newark in Essex County. Poll respondents strongly supported — by a 71 percent to 24 percent margin — broader access to this technology in New Jersey.

Wisniewski, too, is calling for an expansion of the camera program. “Now is the time to make them available to more municipalities throughout the state in order to mitigate the problems associated with dangerous intersections in our cities and towns,” he said.

Critics of the cameras argue that their true purpose is to raise revenue for municipalities struggling with the financial crunch.

“The red-light pilot program is riddled with problems, and under the guise of public safety is being used as a revenue raiser for cash-strapped municipalities,” said state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) last year when he introduced a bill to repeal the pilot program. The legislation never made it out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

NCSR is a nonprofit advocacy organization that supports of red light safety camera technology and receives funding from American Traffic Solutions, a red light camera vendor.


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3 comments for “Lawmaker Calls For Expansion Of Red Light Camera Program

  1. jcwconsult
    July 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    There is one, and only one, reason to expand or even retain a red light camera program. That reason is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
    In almost every case, simply adding 1.0 seconds to the yellow intervals will reduce the red light violation rate by MORE than a ticket camera program. And, obviously, a driver that does not violate the red light has zero chance to cause an angle or t-bone crash in the intersection. $o, the rea$on$ citie$ u$e camera$ in$tead of $afer longer yellow$ i$ obviou$ to mo$t ob$erver$.
    The science is on our website. Perhaps after reading the unbiased research and the reports of 66% to 90+% drops in the violation rates with longer yellows, you will join us to help rid the entire country of the scourge of predatory red light cameras that reduce safety. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, http://www.motorists.org, Ann Arbor, MI

  2. srd275
    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Does the TERM ORCHASTRATED EVENT by ATS FRONT GROUP NCSR comes to mind.

    I will leave what I posted on another site on the “poll” claiming public “support”. Funny it comes from SCAMERA SIDE WHO IS AFRAID OF A PUBLIC VOTE!

    Tells you how much you should really view this “poll”.

    What I said on other NJ post:

    The NCSR is a FRONT GROUP FOR ATS: http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3431.asp

    Quote: ATS has replaced PARS with the National Coalition for Safer Roads, through which Storm King has conducted media interviews and created an advertising campaign to promote camera use in Missouri without identifying the group as a creation funded by the camera industry.

    A earlier poll by the IIHS makes similar “claims” : http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/35/3521.asp

    Quote: The firm randomly dialed numbers until it reached 222 landline customers in each of the large cities with an active automated ticketing program. This process created a pool of respondents significantly older than the general population. Nearly 64 percent of the survey respondents were over the age of 51, although only 30 percent of the US population falls into that age range, according to US Census Bureau data. Only 5 percent surveyed were under the age of 30, whereas 21 percent of the driving-age US population is under 30.

    (Wonder if a similar game was played here.)

    But of really interest on the IIHS poll is this: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/30/red-light-camera-flop/

    Quote: Consider this Orwellian whopper: “Even in Houston, a city that voted in a November 2010 referendum to shut off its cameras, a majority of drivers say they favor red-light camera enforcement.” If a telephone poll of 300 people shows 57 percent support of a policy recently rejected by 53 percent of the 343,481 people who voted, that’s conclusive proof that the poll’s methodology is flawed. Instead, IIHS insists, “the people who went to the polls don’t seem to represent the majority of drivers.” In Texas, there are 15.3 million licensed drivers but just 13 million registered voters. Voters are drivers.

    http://www.banthecams.org

  3. HenryN
    July 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Did you notice, in the fine print at the bottom, that the NCSR is supported by a camera company? Here’s some more connections:

    In May, ATS (that camera company), suspended one of their VPs, after he was exposed posing as a resident of towns where he had been posting online comments. Source: Everett (WA) Herald (heraldnet dot com), put Kroske in the search box.

    VP Kroske was just one of ATS’ men. Another is Mark Rosenker, former chair of the NTSB, now with the Natl. Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), which is supported by ATS. Based on his service with the NTSB, Rosenker was granted guest columns in papers nationwide, in which he mentioned his connection with NCSR but not its support by ATS. [Early in his career he did electronic monitoring for the Campaign to Re-Elect Pres. Nixon. CRP did the Watergate break-in, after which many of the conspirators went to prison, and Nixon resigned.]

    ATS is behind many “citizen supported” websites. Source: bancams dot com, put “stupid” in the search box.

    Goldman-Sachs bought 1/3 of ATS, a couple weeks after Warren Buffet (Geico) invested $5 billion in G-S. Coincidence?

    The poll mentioned in today’s story was commissioned by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the PR arm of the insurance industry. And I am sure you know that polls always favor whoever paid for the poll.

    So, to Asm. Wisniewski, don’t let yourself be manipulated by these slick PR guys. And do disclose, right away (such as in your guest editorials like this one) how much money they are giving you.

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