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NJ Drivers React To Suspension Of Red Light Cameras [POLL/AUDIO]

New Jersey drivers are reacting positively to the news that a majority of the red light cameras throughout the state are being suspended to determine the proper duration of the yellow light.

Red light camera in Brick
Red light camera in Brick (Jason Allentoff, Townsquare Media NJ)

“I would be thrilled if they were suspended because my daughter got two tickets in the mail for running a red light in Brick Township,” said a mother of a teen driver.

“It seemed to me that in the video the yellow light went really really fast and turned red and I just couldn’t argue it because we would have to take the day off from work and fight the ticket.”

The fine for running one of the red lights at intersections where there’s a camera is $85 but no points.

“I was driving to school and it was definitely yellow when I went through it and it flashed and I got a ticket,” said an 18-year-old girl from Ocean County.

“I definitely got a ticket and I think its just a money-grab for the towns. It’s ridiculous and they should absolutely get rid of all the cameras not just a majority of them,” said another man from Toms River.

“$85 a pop is a lot for people to pay when it looks like these cameras were unfair to begin with,” added another woman.

AAA Mid-Atlantic Lauds NJDOT’s Decision

“There has been some controversy over it, so the fact that they are now going to look at them further to make sure that they are operating in the scope in which they were intended is definitely a good decision,” said Tracy Noble, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“This is about safety for the motorists. Red light cameras should not be a revenue-generator in the towns for which they are used…if the timing was off for the yellow lights, its the right move to suspend them until all the kinks have been worked out” added Noble.

National Motorists Association Defends Suspension

“The law requires a minimum yellow light timing to be based on the approach speed of the intersection and most of the lights were certified at the speed limit, which can be lower than that and can therefore have a little bit shorter of a yellow time than the minimum…so basically those 63 of the 85 cameras in action are not necessarily following the law,” said Steve Carellas, spokesperson for the New Jersey chapter of the National Motorists Association.

“We always contend that the best solution to a dangerous intersection is to have proper yellow light timing, and when you do that, you won’t have that many accidents and violations and therefore won’t need the red light cameras…but unless you follow the law, you can’t prove that and now this will hopefully correct that,” Carellas added.

 

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