“O’Scanlon: A good step, but rip-offs continue
The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced yesterday that no additional red light cameras will be installed in the state under the pilot program that is scheduled to run through the end of next year, according to an Associated Press report.
The program, which includes 76 cameras throughout New Jersey, was started in 2009 ostensibly to promote public safety and reduce motor vehicle accidents. DOT says they are not installing new cameras because there is not enough time to collect data from them before the program expires.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon says no more data is needed from any of the cameras. They don’t enhance public safety, but are safety hazards. The program is a money grab from New Jersey motorist.
“We know these cameras do not improve safety,” O’Scanlon said, “The data is indisputable. Every objective study on this equipment demonstrates that. Subsequently, many jurisdictions are choosing to eliminate the cameras altogether. But the camera companies continue to relentlessly push for more cameras – clearly demonstrating that their only motivation is stealing more money from NJ residents. It is long past the time that New Jersey join the bandwagon and end this failed program.”