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New Jersey Certifies Red-Light Cameras

A sign indicating a red light camera - File / Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A sign indicating a red light camera (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – All of New Jersey’s red-light cameras will soon be back in action.

Five weeks ago, the state pulled more than 63 of the 85 red-light cameras out of service to make sure the yellow lights gave drivers enough time to get through intersections.

During his call-in radio show Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie said the cameras have been certified for accuracy, meaning towns may soon be able to resume issuing tickets based on those devices.

WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reports


The cameras have been re-calibrated to coincide with the speed at which 85 percent of drivers approach intersections.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports


Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi is glad the cameras have been given the green light, saying the devices make the roads safer.

“Even my officers have seen at the intersection that the people are driving more cautiously. They’re actually stopping at the light,” Cioffi said of the intersection at 9W and Palisades Avenue. “When we first started the program back in May the violations I saw were tremendous. I saw a school bus with kids go through the red light.”

Some drivers, however, believe the cameras are not there to prevent accidents but to fill government tills.

“They don’t give you points, you just pay the ticket,” one trucker said. “It’s about money, the state needs money.”

Tickets were not issued while the cameras were reviewed and motorists who paid fines at the intersections in question can seek to reopen their cases.

What do you think of the cameras? Let us know below…