New Jersey bill targets ticketing 'scam'

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/19/2014

A bill on the move at the New Jersey statehouse is intended to protect residents from electronic ticketing schemes around the country.

About two dozen communities throughout New Jersey employ nearly 80 red-light cameras. However, the programs set up under a five-year pilot program are scheduled to end in December.

The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance 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. S2325 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 this summer.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Red Bank, said that evidence shows automated enforcement doesn’t improve safety. He also stated that continuing to share information on drivers would make New Jersey “complicit in the scam.”

“These programs 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.”

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

Specifically, communities would be better served to pursue intelligent traffic lights that actually monitor traffic and are triggered by traffic flow.

S2325 awaits further consideration on the Senate floor. If approved there, it would advance to the Assembly.

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