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Amber Alert

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Garden State to install red light cameras

TRENTON, N.J. -- Truckers hauling through various cities in New Jersey will have to be extra careful not to roll through traffic intersections when the light turns red. The legislative session in New Jersey closed this week, but not before a bill authorizing red light cameras was approved by the state Assembly and narrowly passed by the Senate on Monday.

Cameras could start going up in communities around the state within 90 days.

The legislation okays a five-year pilot program that would allow municipalities to install cameras to monitor intersections with a high number of accidents or violations. Municipalities would be required to submit annual reports listing increases or decreases in accidents or violations at the intersections being monitored.

Violators would get tickets through the mail featuring high-res, digital images of their vehicle driving through an intersection when the light is red.

Red light cameras are now used in hundreds of cities across North America, including major centers like Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and several cities in Ontario.

The City of Fredericton recently announced it is seriously considering installing a red light camera system at its busiest intersections as well. Source