Most drivers have been in the situation wherein they are approaching an
intersection and the light turns yellow. They question whether they should
proceed through the intersection or stop. The decision they make and what
happens as a result might depend on whether there's a red light camera
at the location.
Red light cameras are controversial law enforcement tools in New Jersey.
The Wall Street Journal reports that about 500 cities in the U.S. use
the devices. New Jersey officials and residents have been debating the
use of the cameras since they popped up in the state about three years ago.
State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon plans to propose a couple of legislative
bills related to red light cameras in New Jersey. First, he wants the
state to completely get rid of the red light camera program. He argues
that it hasn't made the streets safer and that people are needlessly
ticketed for doing nothing dangerous.
Instead of keeping the program intact, the lawmaker suggests that the duration
of yellow lights should be extended at intersections. That change would
give drivers more time to brake or proceed responsibly, reducing the number
of rear-end collisions. Those types of accidents have become more common
at intersections with the cameras.
O'Scanlon argues, "The program is making our roads more hazardous
and ripping people off." Those are strong words, words that echo
the sentiments of not just some New Jersey drivers but drivers and lawmakers
throughout the U.S. We will post an update when there is a development
in this traffic law matter.
Our New Jersey lawyers can help drivers who are charged with
traffic violations and want to fight their tickets.
Source: Examiner, "No stopping the debate over red-light cameras," James McEvoy, Jan. 31, 2013