End in sight for New Jersey's red-light camera program

Gov. Christie Says He Probably Wouldn't Renew Pilot

New Jersey's controversial red-light camera program may be coming to an end. The five-year pilot program is set to expire in December, and so far, there's no indication state politicians are interested in renewing it. Gov. Chris Christie signaled his intent to let the program end last week.

"I have concerns about it, and my inclination is not to continue it," he told The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper. "But I haven't made any final decisions."

To renew the program, the state assembly and senate would need to pass legislation that would then need Christie's signature. So far, no bill has even been introduced. Red-light and speed cameras have recently caught the ire of motorists and politicians alike in the Garden State. Last month, the state asked local courts to dismiss 17,000 red-light infractions, because a glitch in the system prevented drivers from ever receiving their citations.

State assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has been a vocal critic of the program, and is leading a political effort to end the red-light program, asking New Jersey residents to sign a petition to help thwart the movement.

"The RLC program has failed and does nothing more than rob motorists every day of their hard earned money," he writes. "I am fighting to end this costly and possibly dangerous program."

Earlier last month, O'Scanlon introduced legislation that would effectively prohibit other states from ticketing New Jersey motorists via automated traffic-enforcement devices. The proposed law would prohibit New Jersey's Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing any information with other states that would reveal their identities for the purpose of infractions generated by red-light or speed cameras.

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