The New Jersey lawmaker leading the charge to do away with the Red Light Camera Pilot Program wants the head of the Assembly Transportation Committee to post a bill he's sponsoring to increase yellow light times and to do away with right-on-red tickets.
Motorists ticketed by New Jersey's red-light cameras last year moved closer to getting some of their money back Wednesday, with the filing of an amended settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed against the company that installs and operates the cameras.
As soon as it began, New Jersey's red light camera pilot program was controversial. Those who supported it claimed it helped to improve safety, while critics said it was nothing more than a way for cash-strapped municipalities to generate income.
A bill that would have increased the amber light times at some red light camera intersections, and prohibited police departments from using red light cameras to issue "failure to stop before turning right" tickets has been shelved indefinitely.
If New Jersey's red light camera program is all about safety, then the money collected from tickets should go to directly into a safety fund, instead of bolstering municipal budgets and using citizens as "cash cows", Sen. Michael Doherty announced today.