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Assemblyman: Some NJ Red Light Camera Contacts Go Beyond Pilot Program

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - One New Jersey Assemblyman noticed something when he was pouring over the agreements between municipalities and red light camera operators.

WCBS 880's Levon Putney On The Story


Declan O'Scanlon, who represents Monmouth County, said he found that 11 of the 24 towns have contracts that go beyond the December 2014 date when the pilot program ends.

"Definitely no reason for it that I can figure out. It's a little baffling, unless it's sort of a back door way of setting themselves up to push for the extension of the pilot program, which at this point, ain't gonna to happen," O'Scanlon told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

"Been a mess from the start. It was poorly implemented. These very companies knew how it should have been implemented and chose not to say anything because the way it was implemented was going to put a lot more money in their pockets," he said. "So, [they're] perfectly happy, quite frankly, to screw the motorists in New Jersey."

But According to American Traffic Solutions, one of the state's two camera vendors, said that while contracts will continue until they're completed, no violations will be issued if there's no longer pilot program for them to be issued from.

"Simple as that," spokesperson Charles Territo told Putney.

That's all O'Scanlon wanted to hear and have on the record.

"That's a win. That's good," he said.

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