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.
“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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