The purpose of light cameras was to alleviate safety at the street intersections. According to safety experts, they are liable to decrease crashes at the right angle; however, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon of New Jersey, does not agree.
O’Scanlon was working with experts using video machines that timed several intersections throughout New Jersey. He said they discovered that the red light cameras’ of yellow lights have shorter time than the length proscribed by the Department of Transportation. For example, the light in a 40 mph zone should stay on yellow light for exactly four seconds. But at the JFK Boulevard, Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City and elsewhere, the yellow lights were changing even faster.
O’Scanlon presented the video to the NJ DOT, which directed 21 municipalities to suspend the issuance of red light tickets until the lights will be fixed to yellow light timing requirements
A lawmaker from New Jersey said that motorists are being scammed by red light cameras and he has the data to prove his contention.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon believed that the cameras are made to fill the coffers of the towns and he stated that their intention is not to provide road safety.
During a recent news conference, O’Scanlon showed an online video proving that in several intersections, there are yellow lights that are shorter than the time required under the camera program’s guidelines. He mentioned that it is about two-tenths of a second difference in the yellow light that can already increase violations by 30%.
State officials suspended last June the program for one month after they determined that 63 of the cameras have not been tested to ensure that the yellow lights is timed properly.
Last April, the state announced that it had suspended plans to add more cameras before this coming December.
A controversy is growing in New Jersey surrounding the use of red light cameras. For example in Lawrence, some people claimed that the red light cameras have made the already dangerous intersection on R- 1 become even more dangerous.
Motorists passing the area often state that cameras caused more accidents rather than prevent one.
Once drivers run a red light at one of the areas where cameras are installed, an automated ticket will arrive from the mail.
American Traffic Solutions, the contractor of the cameras, settled recently a class action lawsuit where they paid drivers out of more than $4 million while admitting that there was nothing wrong with their cameras. However, that amount is only about a drop of around 10% of the funds the lights have garnered from hundreds of thousands of tickets issued in the case.
R-Red Bank Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has been critical of the program from the very start and is requiring numbers from townships.
O’Scanlon stated that these systems are designed to scared people and to fill the coffers of the servers, as well as the pockets of the municipalities that let them in their borders.
Based on the current system, municipalities are made to decide the installation of cameras; however, the state be deciding next year whether they will allow or ban installation of the systems statewide.
Sources: My Fox NY Com