Red Light Cameras to Go Dark in NJ
As my readers know, I have been writing about red light cameras for some time now and vocally opposing them. I have written articles on the subject (see here and here) and blogged on it (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here) many times.
The latest news is that the Red Light Camera program in New Jersey came to an end on December 16, 2014. Now, technically speaking, the cameras will still be taking pictures, for the time being, but no fines or tickets will be issued. The suspicion is that Red Light Camera advocates will use the data of the ticket-less-cameras (which they presume will reveal the rise in traffic scofflaws due to the elimination of a ticket threat) to justify requesting Trenton to revive the program in the near future.
At this point, however, the program will more or less cease and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seems disinclined to renew it despite the support for it shown by local municipalities. It is worth noting that the local municipalities’ support for it is really due to the revenues that flow from the program which, in turn I would argue, reveal why the program must come to an end. Traffic tickets are designed to help deter traffic scofflaws, they are not designed to be a revenue source, and as soon as they become a revenue source, the abuses found in red light camera programs across the country rear their ugly heads.