New Jersey's Department of Transportation has notified municipalities with red light cameras that the controversial enforcement devices must be turned off Dec. 16, according to a report by NJ Advance Media.

A story published on Friday says the 24 towns participating in New Jersey's five-year-old  --and much-criticized-- red light camera enforcement program have also been instructed by the NJ DOT to send data on their experience with the cameras.

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon. (Townsquare Media NJ)
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon. (Townsquare Media NJ)

The data is to be evaluated by the DOT for the purpose of advising the state legislature whether to resume or permanently scrap the program. The letter is being characterized as the death knell for the program by Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, who has been a leading critic of the red light cameras.

O'Scanlon (R-Monmouth, who has denounced the cameras as a revenue-raising scheme, told NJ Advance Media, "Finally the robbing of New Jersey's motorists will end."

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