Vote postponed on red light camera reforms

NJ bill to reform red light camera system

NJ bill to reform red light camera system (2/11/13)

TRENTON - An Assembly panel has postponed a vote to reform the state's red light camera system, which would have included increasing the duration of some yellow lights.

The transportation committee was set to take up the matter today. If the reform had been adopted, the duration of yellow lights would have risen based on the speed limit and size of the intersection.

Lawmakers postponed the vote after several law enforcement officials urged them to leave the cameras alone.

The bill's sponsor says the reforms are based on suggestions from other lawmakers and complaints that current yellow light durations are ineffective and leave people stuck in intersections. The bill also makes some changes to traffic turns, proposing that those rules be in effect during a five-year pilot program.

The red light camera system is designed to ticket owners of vehicles that are captured committing traffic violations at intersections.

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