New Jersey putting the brakes on red-light cameraS

A New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) letter to municipalities employing red light cameras said that, as of December 16, they would “lack the statutory authority to continue the operation of traffic signal monitoring systems … including the issuance of citations for red-light violations.”

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said that the end of the red-light camera program was a breath of fresh air for motorists across the state.

“Legislators and the public shouldn’t be fooled, these cameras benefit no one but the camera companies and the towns’ coffers,” O’Scanlon said. “There is no safety benefit. There is absolutely no net benefit to the motorists of New Jersey.”

The five-year pilot program has 73-equipped red light camera intersections in 24 New Jersey towns.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), one of the program’s original sponsors, said trying to renew to program would be “an exercise in futility.”

In August, Gov. Chris Christie said he is leaning against renewing the state’s controversial five-year-old red-light camera program.

The very clear economic impact of the ticketing operation has earned support among local officials whose towns have engaged in profiteering.

“This is an important program to us in Linden,” said Councilman Peter Brown.

Five red light cameras generated about $1.2 million in annual revenue for Linden, according to city officials.

Xerox State and Local Solutions and American Traffic Solutions, two companies that provide red light cameras in New Jersey, have also lobbied to continue the program, despite some setbacks.

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) got caught up in a $4.2 million lawsuit because the company was issuing red light camera tickets in 18 Garden State municipalities where they were actually illegal.

More than 81,000 citations worth $10.2 million were issued through red light camera programs that were not in compliance with New Jersey law.

Programs have proved unworthy of democracy in other states around the nation.

A man in San Bernardino, California ended up in a financial nightmare when a stranger ran a red light and the traffic citation mistakenly ended up on his driving record, reports.

The fines totaled $100 million last year in Florida, but a lawsuit against Apopka, Daytona Beach and 22 other towns and the state could mean governments must refund millions of dollars.

A yellow light shortening scheme carried out by American Traffic Solutions and several municipalities in Florida robbed $50 million from unsuspecting motorists.

Chicago is no stranger to corruption, but the city never witnessed a bribery scandal with as much money as photo ticketing company Redflex was dishing out.

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