End near, future uncertain for red light cameras in NJ

New Jersey’s red light camera program is coming to an end in a few weeks after a sometimes-rocky five-year run, and that’s not soon enough for some critics.

For others, it will be a sad farewell.

The pilot program has endured lawsuits, mass refunds, a dispute over the timing of yellow lights and a computer glitch that voided thousands of tickets.

The two dozen towns that installed the cameras have reaped millions and say intersections are safer. Statistics compiled by the state show decreases in some types of accidents but increases in others.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is an opponent of the cameras. He says the statistics are illusory and the cameras haven’t reduced the severity and cost of accidents.

Legislation would be needed to revive the program in 2015.

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