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.
If it happens, there’s always this.