Bill in Senate proposes to make smart meters legal in Garden State

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People could soon get parking tickets in the mail thanks to smart meters.

A bill is now in the Senate to make smart meters – which are now part of a pilot program in Palisades Park – legal in the Garden State.

The meters work by snapping a picture of someone's license plate and car after their meter runs out. Weeks later, a ticket is delivered to their front door.

"We now can free up traffic officers time to do other stuff which is well needed in this town and every other town," says David Lorenzo, borough administrator for Palisades Park.

Borough officials say the parking meters can also become a tool for law enforcement. With cameras on the back and front, the meters could be able to pull video evidence should something happen on the sidewalk or street.

Not everyone is ready to vote yes. Republican Sen. Declan O'Scanlon says he's like to see two things changed. He says he wants a compliance-focused approach, rather than nickel-and-diming drivers, and an option that will give whose who have had too much to drink a chance to put down the keys and not be penalized for it.

"We need to really invite people to make the right decision, take the Uber, leave your car leave it there till noon the next day and come and pick it up without any extra charge," he says.

Palisades Park officials say there's an increase in parking tickets because of the 30 meters they have installed. The bill will be up for a vote in the Senate in the next week and a half.

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