red light cameras
Following a preliminary settlement Wednesday, motorists ticketed by red-light cameras in New Jersey last year are closer to getting some of their money back.
The sponsor of a measure to reform the system has put it on hold after police and engineering officials called for changes to rules about the duration of yellow lights and the elimination of tickets for failing to make a complete stop before turning right on red.
About half a million drivers caught by red light cameras in New Jersey could be eligible for at least partial refunds.
Red-light cameras are gaining popularity across the country. Now, New York City is being sued after it was accused of rigging the lights to catch more drivers and write more tickets.
The Transportation Department study found the number of right-angle crashes was down by 15 percent in the first year in spots with cameras, while rear-end collisions were up 20 percent.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting to install more red-light cameras across the city.
One New Jersey Assemblyman noticed something when he was pouring over the agreements between municipalities and red light camera operators.
The head of the Nassau County police union says you shouldn’t believe allegations by the county administration that cops are engaged in a ticket-writing slowdown.
Robert Sinclair with AAA New York said while red light locations can be found online, he believes drivers are getting the message that they can’t run red lights without consequences.
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.
Financial statements reveal that Nassau County ended the 2011 fiscal year with a deficit of over 50 million dollars.
“If we can find a ways to enforce the laws that were duly enacted by our Legislature without spending money on more personnel, why would we not want to do that?” Bloomberg told reporters.
New Jersey discovered that of its 85 red-light cameras, 63 have not been calibrated to make sure the “yellow” light is long enough to comply with state law.
Under the proposal, if you go more than 10 miles over the 30 mph speed limit, the fine would be $50. If drivers go more than 30 mph over, the fine doubles to $100.
There is currently a warning out to drivers: the number of red-light cameras on Long Island is about to double. But some are wondering if the cameras are there to reduce accidents or to make money for the counties and companies that install them.