State Sen. Michael J. Doherty (R-23) pens letter to the editor.
Tuesday, January 1
To the Editor: A new report from the state Department of Transportation confirms what many opponents of red light camera ticketing systems have long suspected: cameras lead to more accidents, more injuries and greater cost. The report contains data showing that both the total number and total cost of crashes have increased at intersections after cameras were installed. The commonly stated goal of red light cameras is to reduce injuries from right-angle crashes, generally the most dangerous type of collision that results from running a red light. At the 24 intersections in New Jersey that have had cameras operational for at least one full year, the number of right-angle crashes decreased by 15%, from 60 to 51, when comparing crash data …
Department of Transportation gives the green light for red-light cameras in the state.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has granted 21 municipalities permission to resume ticketing from red-light cameras after suspending the programs at a total of 63 intersections in June over concerns those towns may have used the wrong formula to determine yellow-light duration. In June, the DOT ordered nearby Newark and 20 other municipalities to suspend issuing violations at camera intersections because questions arose over the timing of the lights. Gov. Chris Christie announced the suspension in the 21 towns had been lifted Tuesday night during his monthly "Ask the Governor" call-in radio program on New Jersey 101.5 FM. Each of the 21 municipalities conducted the DOT-requested traffic analysis and provided their re-…