Pobe Shows Red Light Cameras Potentially Cheating NJ Drivers - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Investigation Shows Red Light Cameras Potentially Cheating NJ Drivers

Posted: Updated:

Red Light Cameras were created to increase safety at intersections, and according to safety experts, they reduce right angle crashes.

But New Jersey State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon sharply disagrees.

"These companies don't give a damn about safety, they use it as a veil to reach into our pockets," he says."

Recently, O'Scanlon worked with an expert in video timing at numerous intersections throughout New Jersey, and what he found was that the yellow lights at many red light camera locations are shorter than the time proscribed by the Department of Transportation. For example, in a 40 mile per hour zone, the light should stay on yellow for exactly 4 seconds. But in places like Communipaw Avenue and JFK Boulevard in Jersey City, the yellow lights were changing even faster.

"Even if you just stop a foot off that white line, it goes off." Daniel Lennon says he's fed up with the red light cameras.

"What do you wanna do, get a ticket, or slam your breaks on, which can cause accidents. What I did in the past was slam my breaks, skid it to a halt, just so I wouldn't get a ticket," he says.

O'Scanlon showed his videos to the New Jersey DOT, which has now directed 21 municipalities to suspend issuing red light tickets, until the lights match up to yellow light timing requirements.

New Jersey announced in April that it had suspended plans to add more red-light cameras before next December.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:20:13 GMT
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
  • Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:53:41 GMT
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
  • NICE FRIDAY

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:47:30 GMT

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

    Fantastic Friday

    Friday features lots of sunshine and more low humidity. Pleasant northerly breeze. Cool morning lows in the upper 50s/low 60s. Afternoon high of 81.

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

    Friday (81/60): Sun

    Saturday (83/64): Sun/Clouds

    Sunday (89/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (91/71): Clouds/Storm

     

Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices