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Red Light Camera Controversy

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There is a growing controversy surrounding red light cameras in New Jersey.

One example is in Lawrence, where some people claim that red light cameras have made an already dangerous intersection on Route 1 even more dangerous.

Drivers who travel this area often say the cameras actually cause more accidents in this particular area.

"I saw someone stop when it turned yellow and almost caused an accident," one driver complained to Chasing New Jersey.  "Somebody was still going at speed and had to change lanes in order to avoid an accident."

If you run a red light where one of these cameras are installed you get an automated ticket in the mail.

The camera contractor, American Traffic Solutions, recently settled a class action lawsuit with drivers paying out more than $4 million even as it admitted no wrong doing.  However, that amount is only about 10% of the revenue the lights have taken in from the hundreds of thousands of tickets issued in the case.

Now Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon(R-Red Bank), a long-time critic of the cameras, calling the program "wrongheaded from the very start" is demanding numbers from townships.

"These systems are designed to rip people off," O'Scanlon says. "That's what they do. That's what they are designed to do and to line the pockets of the companies that are purveyors of them and the municipalities that let them in their borders."

Under the current system, the cameras are decided on municipality by municipality.  The state will decide next year whether to allow or ban the systems statewide.

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