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Second ‘Meanest Traffic Light’ In New Jersey Has Some Seeing Red

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Red light cameras are big business in New Jersey and now there’s a list of which ones solicit the most citations.

As CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported Monday, the top citation spot belongs to a traffic light in Cherry Hill.

However, it’s No. 2 on the list that has caught the attention of many in New Jersey.

The intersection of Maple and Morris avenues in Springfield Township looks like just about any other intersection in any other suburban town in the U.S., yet it has many who pass through it seeing red.

Click here to get the full list of the 10 meanest traffic lights in New Jersey

That’s because the red light cameras at that intersection have generated more than 7,700 citations this year alone, Rapoport reported.

The township said the typical average is almost 1,000 citations per month, 25 per day and 1 per hour.

At $85 per ticket, that’s roughly $1 million a year in fines, Rapoport reported.

Residents in the area are not too pleased with the cameras.  “I think it’s probably a trap. It’s good for income for the town,” Springfield Township resident Malcolm Coblentz said.

However, township administrator Anthony Cancro said the cameras are nothing personal and that the money is spread out to the state, county and municipalities.

“There’s no personality to the camera. The numbers speak for themselves,” Cancro said.

The state Department of Transportation has said there is no definitive word on whether the number of accidents has increased or decreased since the cameras were installed in May of 2012.  The department said it is still in the process of compiling the data for an annual report.

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