Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today said that Governor Chris Christie’s comments on the NJ101.5 segment “Ask the Governor” last night concerning the future of red-light cameras in this state were “on the money”. The Governor said he was “disturbed” that there were indications that the program appeared to have become “an opportunity for municipalities to grab money” and he had concerns about the appearance that the program was not “fairly and uniformly administered.” Christie indicated that he is leaning against extending or expanding the program.
“The Governor’s statements last night are a relief for all motorists on New Jersey roads,” said O’Scanlon (R- Monmouth). “He’s 100 percent right, these cameras are nothing but a money grab, a revenue creating scheme by the camera companies that lure unsuspecting municipalities in with the promise of easy money and improving safety. But that’s only half true – they have NOTHING to do with safety.”
The five year red-light camera program is set to expire this December 16th.
“That date can’t come soon enough,” O’Scanlon explained. “All you have to do is look at the past 20 years of data from camera equipped intersections around the country and you will see that they are not doing what the promise. Every objective, competent study done proves that these devices do not improve safety. In fact, New Jersey’s own data shows that safety has improved more slowly at camera equipped intersections than at those without cameras. If normal fluctuation in accident rates and trends are greater than the effect this equipment is having, it is absolute proof that the equipment is having no, or a potentially negative, effect. I couldn’t be happier than I am with the Governor’s statements. … OK, I could be happier but that won’t be until December 16th!”