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Asm. O’Scanlon & Sen. Doherty Join Mayor Kern to Announce End of Pohatcong’s Red-Light Camera Program

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty joined Mayor James Kern, III of Pohatcong to announce that the township will not be renewing its contract with red-light camera company American Traffic Solutions (“ATS”) when it expires in 2016.

“This is another crack in the armor of an industry that has proven itself to be one of double-speak and misdirection,” said O’Scanlon. “Mayor Kern joins a growing list of public officials who are seeing the light concerning the state’s failed red-light camera pilot program. It doesn’t take anything more than a cursory glance at the statistics to see that the cameras in Pohatcong aren’t doing anything more than robbing innocent drivers and, it appears, making roads less safe. As I’ve been saying for years now, red-light cameras do NOT improve safety, they are ONLY about revenue.”

“The simple fact is that red light cameras do not provide the safety benefits that vendors like ATS claim they do,” said Doherty. “We should commend local officials, like Mayor Kern in Pohatcong and Mayor Ducey in Brick, who refuse to defend the false safety arguments that some continue to employ to keep the cameras that fleece their residents. It is a positive sign that more towns are stepping up to defend their residents from the red light camera scam.”

According to the publicly available data:

  • Right-angle crashes, the most dangerous type of crash, and the very type of accident that ATS claims to prevent are at all-time highs since the beginning of the program.
  • In 2011 – before the installation of the cameras – there were 2 right-angle collisions. They take credit for a 50% reduction down to 1 in 2012 despite the fact that a 1 accident fluctuation is statistically irrelevant. But right angle crashes spiked upwards dramatically to 6 in 2013. That is a 600% increase from the year before and a 300% increase from the year prior to the cameras installation.

“The numbers don’t lie,” explained Kern. “These cameras have not improved driving safety for motorists on the roads in Pohatcong. Try as they may, the company’s officials could not talk their way out of the facts: if our roads are not safer, what is the point? I was not comfortable with ATS’ tactics or their way of doing business. I feel that allowing this contract to expire and walking away from it is the right thing to do.”

“The residents of Pohatcong should be proud that they have a mayor who will do what’s right,” said O’Scanlon. “It’s not always easy to stand up in the face of revenue, but no one should want their municipalities to profit off the backs of innocent drivers. I’m becoming the broken record of this issue but I’m won’t to stop until all municipal leaders realize that these cameras are not helping anyone and the public knows it. This program is a categorical failure.”

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