According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), 63 of New Jersey’s 85 red-light cameras fell short of legality since
they have shorter yellow light times than required by statute.
Although the DOT suspended the issuance of red-light tickets from these 63 cameras, hundreds of people received tickets from them as a result of this defect.
Therefore, tons of lawsuits were initiated in order to rescind the traffic tickets, wipe clean the driving records of those who got ticketed, and reimburse those who unnecessarily paid the fine.
Most recently, the New Jersey judiciary officially stayed the adjudication of all red-light tickets throughout the entire state until an investigation can be conducted into the overall legality of the technology.
This means that all of the lawsuits have been put on hold temporarily until experts can determine whether the law should be done away with in its entirety.
The red-light cameras affected are stationed throughout Brick, Cherry Hill, East Windsor, Edison, Englewood Cliffs, Glassboro, Lawrence, Linden, Monroe, Newark, Palisades Park, Piscataway, Pohatcong, Rahway, Roselle Park, Springfield, Stratford, Union, and Wayne.
The intersection of John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City as well as the intersection of Route 1 and Avenel Street in Woodbridge were also affected.
The only areas not affected by the faulty red-light cameras are Deptford, East Brunswick, Gloucester Township, New Brunswick, and Jersey City (aside from the two intersections mentioned previously).
This means just under 75% of New Jersey’s red-light cameras are plagued by problems!
This judicial decision to stay all cases stemming from these cameras comes off the heels of class-action lawsuits shooting up throughout the state.
Realizing that the program is becoming more of a detriment than an asset, legislators are pushing to repeal the red-light camera program altogether.
The repeal effort, sponsored by New Jersey Senators Michael Doherty and Jennifer Beck, is beginning to amass bipartisan support.
Criminal and traffic lawyer Jeffrey Gold has suggested that drivers object to the introduction of evidence collected by red-light cameras on account of the state’s failure to meet the general standard of scientific acceptability.
Since New Jersey adheres to the ruling passed down in Frye v. United States, Gold explained, “The state should then be obligated to have a Frye hearing. Without a Frye hearing, the evidence ought not to come in.”