Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is reminding New Jersey residents that the end of the Red Light Camera program, which occurred last December 16th, is one of the many things to celebrate this time of year.
“December 16 marks the one year anniversary of the termination of New Jersey’s failed experiment with for-profit traffic enforcement. It is a blessed day for New Jersey drivers who no longer have to fear having their pockets picked by the predatory, corrupt and dishonest companies who operated the systems.
We proved in New Jersey – where the systems showed no safety benefit but cost drivers tens of millions of dollars – that red light cameras are merely a way for camera operators to legally steal from drivers. If yellow lights are timed fairly there aren’t enough violators to even cover the systems’ costs – never mind generate profits for the municipal officials complicit in the scheme. Properly set yellow lights and properly engineered intersections also lead to genuine safety benefits – unlike completely ineffective red light and speed cameras.
During the past year New Jersey was followed by dozens of other jurisdictions that have realized that automated, for-profit enforcement doesn’t improve safety – and only exists to line the pockets of predatory camera companies and their local co-conspirators. Over the past year we have seen study after study such as this recent one: http://thenewspaper.com/news/48/4824.asp
We have seen cameras overwhelmingly rejected by the public in every public vote undertaken during the past year. Red light cameras – and all automated, for-profit enforcement schemes such as speed and school bus cameras – have been proven to have no safety benefit. The only thing they are good for is to exploit the law to legally steal from law abiding motorists. So, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah New Jersey drivers! I’ll do my best in the coming year to continue to stand up for you!”