TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A state judiciary spokeswoman says one of the operators of red light cameras in New Jersey, American Traffic Solutions, was having computer issues between May 28 and June 30.
An ATS spokesman says a server configuration change caused the glitch.
Because of that, the 17,000 violations were not served and fall outside the mandated 90-day notification window, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.
Republican Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said the judiciary has instructed courts in 17 towns to toss the violations.
“There was an infraction log, drivers were identified, but the notifications weren’t sent out,” O’Scanlon said.
The red light camera pilot program ends Dec. 16. Lawmakers would then have to reauthorize it for it to continue.
The red light camera program has been the target of criticism and legal challenges that claim the timing of yellow lights doesn’t give motorists enough time to put on their brakes.
O’Scanlon said this is just one of the many nails in the coffin of the program’s credibility.
He said he doesn’t know of a single legislator that supports the cameras.
Back in May, a study by AAA found serious flaws in the red-light camera programs in New York City and several other municipalities in the state.
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