NEWJERSEY: Red Light Cameras Reinstated

Red Light Cameras Reinstated
Cameras will issue summonses for offenses that occurred during the suspension period.
By Adam Bulger

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The days of blowing through red lights without consequence are coming to a close.

The red light cameras suspended last month throughout New Jersey have been re-authorized.

After a directive from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, 21 municipalities have provided re-certifications for the cameras. The announcement confirms the red light cameras’ yellow light timing, the issue that caused the state to suspend them, is in accordance with the formula specified in the legislation.

On Tuesday, June 19, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced it was suspended ticketing from red-light cameras in 21 of 25 municipalities it approved to use the technology.

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“Blowing thru”?

At worst, maybe folks cut the yellow too close. 

And, let me tell you, sitting at an intersection at 3AM, with no traffic, “restrained” from suing common sense, waiting for the Gooferment bureaucrat’s judgment about how much of my gas and time is wasted before I can proceed, I’ve oft been tempted.

I remember a time when in non-rush hour lights would revert to flashing red and yellow. 

Maybe not on Route 1 or 130, but certainly elsewhere would be fine.

So let’s examine the unattended ticketing?

What’s the purpose? Could it be to raise revenue?


As a little L libertarian, if there’s an accident from some one “blowing thru” a light, then there has to be restitution to the victim. But when there is NO victim, then why is the State enriched?

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3 Responses to NEWJERSEY: Red Light Cameras Reinstated

  1. reinkefj says:

    A “pink elephant” is POSSIBLE! Sorry, but I refuse to believe in the existence of imaginary things (i.e., the Gooferment). It just thugs with uniformas and flags that delude us into obeying.

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  2. PRIVATE?: Hey, maybe it’s my 16 years of Catholic school education, but I always get a thrill when the math works out to numbers in the sextillions. ;>

  3. John, you wrote, “But when there is NO victim, then why is the State enriched?”

    Simple. They have the scientific/logical argument that there is an extraordinarily minuscule possibility of some conceivable harm. Same idea as bans for open air smoking or even well-ventilated indoor smoking. Yes, you can argue that the “risk” involved in not having/enforcing the rule is only one in a billion, trillion, quadrillion, or (in one scenario I’ve looked at involving “thirdhand smoke” from benches on a campus) sextillion … but they’re still able to argue that there’s a “risk” and that there’s “No Safe Level.”

    You have to admit that it is at least POSSIBLE, that, even though you’re sitting in the middle of the open wheat fields of Kansas on a clear night in December at a 90 degree crossroads with ten miles of visibility on either side, that you ***MIGHT*** miss seeing the all-in-black-clad bicyclist whizzing into the intersection as you “blow through” that red light.

    Just remember one thing John: there is NO SAFE LEVEL of driving a DDD (Detroit Death Dealer) and anything and everything we can do that will help reduce such behavior and help you make the right choice to healthily walk or bicycle instead is an overall positive. Just smile and be happy and remember to take those little pink pills.

    Meanwhile, be assured, if you DO blow through that light, your ticket money will go to The Good Of The Children.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Peace Studies, 1973

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