Bill would end 'fleecing' of New Jersey drivers

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 7/23/2014

A New Jersey state lawmaker is fed up with electronic ticketing schemes around the country.

Communities throughout New Jersey employ nearly 80 red-light cameras. However, the programs set up under a five-year pilot program are scheduled to sunset by the end of this year.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Red Bank, recently introduced a bill that would also make sure that New Jersey drivers are no longer bothered with electronic ticketing when they drive in states that include New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Specifically, his bill would prohibit the state from sharing information about New Jersey drivers with other states for speed or red-light camera enforcement.

The bill is modeled after a South Dakota law that took effect earlier this month.

“These systems have proven to be error-ridden and non-effective so we shouldn’t allow our motorists to be preyed upon when they are outside of our borders,” O’Scanlon said in a news release.

Referring to evidence that shows automated enforcement doesn’t improve safety, he also said that continuing to share this information would make New Jersey “complicit in the scam.”

“That’s exactly what these systems are – government sanctioned theft.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports efforts to limit ticket cameras. OOIDA leadership says the focus on the revenue-generating devices ignores the more logical and reasoned approach to roads and traffic.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer has said the goal should be to keep traffic moving in as safe a manner as possible. He has also said that communities would be better served to pursue “intelligent traffic lights that actually monitor traffic and are triggered by traffic flow.”

A3527 awaits consideration in the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.

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