Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) commended Governor Christie and his administration for preventing additional red light cameras from being installed at New Jersey intersections. Senator Doherty sponsors legislation to ban red light cameras in the GardenState and also to remove any financial incentive for municipalities to install red light cameras.
“I’ll take Governor Christie’s decision as further evidence that New Jersey’s red light camera pilot program is a failure,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “Reports have indicated, and local officials have acknowledged, that the use of red light cameras does not improve safety.”
A report issued in November of 2012 by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, completed as an annual requirement of the state’s five-year red light camera pilot program, contains data showing that the total number of accidents, the total number of accidents resulting in injuries, and the total cost of accidents all increased at intersections after red light cameras were installed. Similarly, CBS 3 Philadelphia recently reported that data obtained from PennDOT shows an increase in accidents at red light camera intersections in Philadelphia.
Senator Doherty’s bill, S1952, would ban the use of red light cameras in New Jersey.
Senator Doherty’s S2593 would direct towns to deposit all fines collected from violations recorded by red light cameras into the state’s Highway Safety Fund, eliminating the municipal share of red light camera ticket revenues.
“Local governing bodies clearly want red light cameras for financial gain and not for safety reasons,” Doherty noted. “Remove their financial incentive, and they’ll stop fighting for red light moneymakers.”
Senator Doherty maintains an online petition to ban red light cameras in New Jersey. To date, it has more than 6,700 signatures. The state’s pilot program could expire as soon as December 2014.