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New Jersey Senate Considering Bill to Protect Drivers From Other States’ Traffic Cameras

The New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee is putting the breaks on traffic cameras. Well, it’s more of a rolling stop.

Rather than targeting traffic cameras in New Jersey, the committee is going after other states:

The committee unanimously approved a bill that would block the state Motor Vehicle Commission from sharing drivers’ license plate information with “another state or an interstate motor vehicle information network for the purpose of imposing or collecting a fine” from an alleged red light or speed camera violation.

“People who go through and get tickets tell me that they weren’t speeding,” said committee chairman Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson), a sponsor of the bill. “They were driving with the traffic, and no police officer would be pulling people over under those circumstances.”

The bill (S2325) was introduced in July by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), an outspoken critic of New Jersey’s red light camera program. It is modeled after a law in South Dakota.

shutterstock_101050888There has been some good news for opponents of traffic cameras in New Jersey. The state’s red light camera program is set to expire in December, and Gov. Christie has suggested he’s against renewing it.

“I have concerns about it, and my inclination is not to continue it, but I haven’t made any final decisions,” Christie said last month at a news conference.

The state has 73 intersections equipped with the traffic cameras in 24 towns. If the legislature and Governor don’t act, they’ll go dark in mid-December.

Watchdog Wire has reported extensively on Piscataway’s red light camera program, which in March issued more tickets than the total population of the town.

If you are concerned about traffic cameras in your town, in New Jersey or anywhere across the country, let us know by emailing info@watchdogwire.com.

All images are courtesy Shutterstock.com.

Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib is the Assistant Editor of Watchdog Wire. Twitter: @joshkaib

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