NJ town pulling plug on red light cameras

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - February 7, 2014

The cameras in Brick Township have led to more than 83,000 tickets and generated more than $2 million in revenue since the program began in 2010.

The Asbury Park Press reported Friday that Mayor John Ducey is convinced the program is more about money than safety.

"When I was running for mayor, one of the most frequent sources of frustrations of the people I spoke to was the red-light cameras," he told the newspaper. "I promised to review our red-light camera program and remove them if that review didn't convince me that they were making our roads safer. I have kept that promise. After conducting that review, I am not convinced that the benefit is safety and not revenue."

The township will end the red light cameras at three intersections when its contract with American Traffic Solutions ends on Feb. 18.

Brick is one of 25 towns in New Jersey that is participating in the state's five-year red light camera pilot program. It's set to expire in 2015 unless the Legislature renews it.

Proponents say the cameras promote safe driving. But opponents say the program does nothing more than generate money.

Barbara Meakin received a ticket for a Christmas Eve infraction at Brick Boulevard and Route 70.

"I'm not one to run a red light," said the 65-year-old Brick resident. "I was shocked when I got the ticket. I was offended, I was really upset. Maybe it was more about revenue than it was about safety."

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