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Kean Wants To Kill Red Light Program

Assemblyman wants to sign on to two bills that would eliminate the program or at least significantly alter it

Assemblyman Sean Kean wants to kill the Red Light Camera Program and has requested to sign on to a bill that would do just that, along with another that would significantly alter the program that has installed cameras at some traffic lights throughout the state designed to nab red-light runners.

Kean, R-Monmouth, said in a release that he intends to sign on to Assembly Bill 3285, which would increase the timing of yellow lights by a full second at intersections that have a red light camera system, lower the current fine for making an illegal right turn on a red light from $85 to $20 and allow a ½-second grace period once a light has turned from amber to red, according to a release.

The bill, sponsored by fellow Republican Declan O’Scanlon, is in the Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee. It has not yet had a hearing.

Kean, who voted against the original bill that allowed the camera program, in the release said he was always wary of the program.

“Corrections to the program must be made to ensure fairness,” Kean said in the release. “The objective is to promote traffic safety, not become a revenue generator.”

Kean in the release said he has also requested to sign on to A-2996, a bill that would repeal the red light program entirely and prohibit future programs in New Jersey. The bill also is authored by O’Scanlon.

“Ideally, I would like to see the entire red light camera program repealed,” Kean said in the release. “I have a problem with the fact that a person cannot face their accuser when they are issued a ticket for running a red light. This practice distorts the justice system.”

David Daur October 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
It's a nice effort on the assemblyman's part but they'll never be able to abolish the red light program because townships are making too much money in ticket revenue. These red light cameras are nothing more than a money generating cash cow.
paulie October 11, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I could not agree more.
Dave Schneck October 11, 2012 at 09:53 PM
The state should not allow the towns to run an extortion racket. I support this bill and congratulate Assemblyman Kean for his support of it.
Jack Horse October 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Has anyone been at Rt.34 and Allenwood Rd. or Belmar Bvld. and 34. or Newbedford Rd and 18th Ave. These intersections need those cameras. When someone slows down or stops at the yellow insane drivers pass on the right, left, or blow their horns, yell and scream because they are in a big rush. I wish the Wall police would be there during the rush hour. Do people have to die before red light runners are stoped? Kean must be one of those red light runners to be so againest the cameras.
Julie Malerba October 12, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Pretty soon we will have cameras at every intersection at the rate they are putting them up.... Did we really need one by Colfax Plaza??? What we really need are countdown timers at every intersection where there are cameras so drivers can judge how long before the light changes. What happened to the one on Route 35? Once they put the cameras in, they took the countdown timer down. Just another revenue generator in my opinion....
Jim Lang October 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM
One major point that has been missed by many is that the incentives are all wrong. This should be about safety and not revenue. AAA and other auto driving supporter group studies have shown that the safety factor is greatly increased merely by timing a longer yellow light and even by over-lapping the reds at certain intersections. The monetary incentive is to do the exact opposite. It also should be pointed out that the companies making and selling and leasing these cameras get a share of the revenue or a "commission" if you will, for every single fine that gets paid. Also should be noted how costly and unfair it is in local municipal court to even contest one of these tickets. A day's pay if you have a job and want to appear and $$$ more for any legal representation; between jobs, forget it. Use live cops to enforce red lights !

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