Red light cameras may be coming to Morristown

The town council seems determined to devise a way for cameras to photograph people running red lights.

The idea sounds good at first blush. but not when you stop to consider all the factors.
For instance, owners of cars will be ticketed, not drivers.
Second, those ticketed will have to figure out a way to challenge a computerized photo in court.

Add the fact that the company running the cameras gets a piece of the action (ticket revenue) and you see the concern.

Cheers to Alison Deeb, the only council member opposed to the idea.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

3 Responses to Red light cameras may be coming to Morristown

  1. a traffic engineer says:

    Read the reports on results – these cameras WORK! If this is what it takes for selfish impatient drivers to obey the law and stop at red lights, so be it. It is unfortunate that no public agency figured out how to do this (as West Germany did around 1970) so all fines would stay with the jurisdiction, but we do live in a capitalist country and this company produces a product for which there is a strong market. In a perfect world, these would not be necessary, and hopefully they will so effective in changing drivers’ behavior that they make themselves obsolete.

  2. ed says:

    there are valid reasons a vehicle could be in an intersection after the light turns red: waiting for people to finish crossing, for cars to clear out of the way, for emergency vehicles to pass. cameras cannot discern any such circumstances and will simply issue a summons. stopping on red is reportedly the most adhered to regulation we have, and it doesn’t need backup. Camera enforcement is just another capital and maintenance expense we don’t need and will create more public distrust.

  3. Frustrated Driver says:

    Are there going to be any along Speedwell Avenue? That hotbed of jaywalking is dangerous because of those people who casually step out into the traffic without a glance to see what’s coming! Maybe the cameras should be facing the pedestrians, not the cars!

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