Elected officials to consider extending red light camera pilot program at dangerous intersections

Elected officials will consider stopping or extending the red light camera pilot program that is set to end in 2014. The cameras were designed to

Mailed traffic tickets carry a penalty of $85.

Mailed traffic tickets carry a penalty of $85. (7/21/13)

BRICK - Elected officials will consider stopping or extending the red light camera pilot program that is set to end in 2014.

The cameras were designed to identify and penalize redlight-runners and to make dangerous intersections safer. Since they were installed, the cameras have been a cash cow for New Jersey towns, especially Brick, which brought in $1 million in revenue from three intersections.

Mailed traffic tickets carry a penalty of $85.

Drivers have been critical of the speed of yellow lights and the breach of privacy that comes with unmanned ticketing.

The Department of Transportation will eventually gather information from watched intersections on tickets collected and crashes that occurred. That data will be handed off to that state’s elected officials, who will then decide if the cameras should stay or go.

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