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Question of the Week: What's Your Take on Red Light Cameras?

Advocacy group has released a study it says shows New Jersey residents support cameras at busy intersections by a wide margin

The National Coalition for Safe Roads has released the results of a survey showing 77 percent of New Jersey residents polled support the use or red light cameras.

Out of the 600 drivers surveyed, more than half said they drive more carefully when they know an intersection is monitored. Check out this article by Asbury Park Press transportation reporter Larry Higgs for more on the survey.

Brick Township is one of 17 New Jersey municipalities that has installed red light cameras as part of a pilot program examining their effectiveness – a process that could lead to the cameras' legalization statewide. Two intersections are currently monitored there, and Brick Patch reported last month that .

According to Higgs' article, some New Jersey communities participating in the red light camera pilot program have seen dramatic decreases in accidents at intersections with cameras. But some who advocate against red light cameras say they don't do much to increase safety, and claim the recent NCSR survey is flawed, because it was funded by camera manufacturers.

What do you think about red light cameras? Do you think more towns should use them?

PM July 08, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I think that the main reason that the towns are installing the cameras is the trremendous amount of revenue that they produce. Aalthough they would never admit it the somewhat dubious safety issue is second to the revenue generation.
PM July 08, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I AGREE 100%.

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