Smile! You’re On Red Light Camera

When you least expect it, New Jersey could soon be taking your picture. The Assembly and Senate are supposed to consider today whether municipalities should be allowed to install cameras to catch naughty NJ drivers being disobedient. From Newsday

Violators would get tickets through the mail featuring high-resolution, color digital images of their vehicle driving through an intersection when the light is red.
While such cameras were rare just 10 years ago, they’re now used in more than 300 U.S. communities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Sen. Joseph Coniglio, a bill sponsor, contends the cameras would help improve driving safety.
“I feel that New Jersey needs to follow several other states and see the possible lifesaving accomplishments that this red light measure can bring,” said Coniglio, D-Bergen.
Coniglio has noted a Philadelphia study by the institute found that the cameras, combined with longer yellow lights, cut red light violations by 96 percent.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. What a boon it would be if similar devices, designed to detect flagrant residential area speeders could be designed and deployed.
    There are times that cars fly down my street in excess of 50 MPH. It would be a great source of revenue to ‘auto-ticket’ some of these jerks.

  2. The senate & assembly are also voting today on S4000 and A500, the school funding reform act of 2008.
    Makes me wonder why we were not contacted by our administrators/boards of education asking the voters to mobilize with phone calls and emails to our representatives?
    Bloomfield stands to gain $3.5 million, but not a word about it.

  3. What I’d really love is if these bozos who are still using hand-held cell phones got tickets! Every once in a while I’ll sit at a red light and do a count of cars with cell talkers going in the other direction. It’s usually at least 5 out of 10, sometimes more. If there isn’t an enforcement of the law, why bother having it? Nutley is the best-they have signs around town saying that it’s a no hands-free zone, yet the volume of users there seems higher.

  4. Yanno, part of me HATES the idea of a nanny state. I believe that people should govern their own behavior in instances such as this. The other part of me, however, has not seen that to be the case. People speed more than ever, talk on their cellphones while driving and exhibit all kinds of road rage behavior and I don’t see signs that it’s getting better. So maybe cameras are the way to go.

  5. Amen Mellon! It shocks me how fast people drive on residential streets. Our street is used as a short cut and we get cars doing 45-50 MPH all the time.

  6. If we will sit for having the first, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth Amendments to the Constitution thrown out to protect us from the Evil Doers, why not have a few cameras here and there to keep people from running red lights and speeding?

  7. Pretty soon they’ll just combine the entire tech into one unit, installed on every intersection. It will see if you‚Äôre speeding, disobeying signals and signs, read your plate to see if your legal and be able to tell if all the lights on the car are working. It will issue summons and if the infractions are bad enough (say stolen car), you’ll get a warning on the GPS screen to pull over as it locks the doors and disables the engine.

  8. Guido,
    “If we will sit for having the first, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth Amendments to the Constitution thrown out to protect us from the Evil Doers…” Please enlighten us as to when these 5 above amendments were thrown out. Inquiring minds would like to know.

  9. This from the same state Sen Joseph Coniglio who is currently under investigation by Chris Christie to determine if the $5,500 per month “consulting” fee he received from Hackensack University Medical Center was actually a thinly disguised kickback in return for steering over a million dollars in grants to the hospital.
    I’d like someone to invent a magical camera that will catch our corrupt politicians red-handed when they stick their hands into the cookie jar!

  10. I would settle for being protected from Guido’s retarded posts. But cameras will do nicely as second choice.

  11. I would like a camera installed in my kitchen to catch whomever is stealing my stash of pistachio nuts! 🙂

  12. “I’d like someone to invent a magical camera that will catch our corrupt politicians red-handed when they stick their hands into the cookie jar!”
    There isn’t a camera battery available that could handle all of THAT action.

  13. Considering that this is New Jersey, and considering that this legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Joseph Coniglio and then must be affirmed by the legislature, I would expect that before the final bill is written, the high-resolution, color digital images of their vehicle driving through an intersection when the light is red will be replaced by stick-figure crayon drawings of wheeled rectangles zooming past crudely drawn red lights, with circles and arrows on each one and a paragraph on the back explaining what each one means.

  14. How will our bearded nanny get around this product announced at the Consumers Electronic Show:
    The Cobra Nav One 5000 allows you to out-gun Big Brother, featuring a nationwide (and Canadian) database of red light cameras. When you get within striking distance of the lens, it gives you a warning, allowing you plenty of time to slow down. This database is also going to be built into Cobra’s new high-end radar detectors. The 5000 hits now, and retails for $410.
    (Hint: make it illegal.)

  15. Well, the idea of the cameras is to deter people from breaking the law — in this case by fining and punishing people who run red lights. If Cobra Nav warns you that you are entering a camera-infested area, and you slow down and don’t run any red lights, it also works as a deterrent device. These cameras aren’t like those for toll evaders — they are supposed to result in safer roads, not just generate revenue.

  16. Gotta go with Conan on that. If the device causes you to slow down or obey laws more frequently, how bad could it be?

  17. Speaking of cameras and such, E-Z pass owners: Don’t speed through toll booths– if someone is, let’s say, clocked at, say, 37 mph, you lose your right to use EZ pass for 60 days. Now I know….

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