UNION – District 20 Republican Assembly candidates Charles Donnelly and Christopher Hackett lauded Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon for his efforts against New Jersey’s red light camera pilot program, calling it a cash grab attempt by several municipalities around the state.
“One of the biggest issues here is that the government is treating the people like we are stupid,” Hackett said, “and continues to state that this whole charade is about safety. It is been proven that extending yellow light times prevent car accidents. The installation of these cameras, by their very money-producing nature, encourages reduction of yellow light times for the sake of giving an $85 ticket. I have experienced the short yellow lights at lights with cameras, and dozens of others I have spoken to have as well. The people have seen through this act, and it is time for our government to take O’Scanlon’s lead and take the appropriate action.”
“Completely removing the cameras may not necessarily be the answer,” said Donnelly, “but leaving the system as-is – with a clear incentive to cheat the yellow light timing – is not only unacceptable, it is just wrong.”
The pair stated that if elected, they would push for legislation to remove the cameras or reduce incentive for “yellow light cheating”.
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