Brick mayor pulling plug on town's red-light cameras

Toni Yates has the report from Brick Township, NJ.
February 7, 2014 3:34:58 PM PST
The mayor of Brick, New Jersey is pulling the plug on red light cameras.

Cameras in Brick Township have led to more than 83,000 tickets and generated more than $2 million in revenue since the program began in 2010.

"I think they cause accidents. Makes you back into people, run into people," resident Eric Harper said.

Brick entered into the state's red light camera pilot program in 2010, sold by the company as a way to cut down on accidents by making drivers obey traffic signals.

"And they were supposed to be doing their job, but when you review the crash data, the opposite is true," Brick Mayor John Ducey said.

Brick has them in 3 major intersections, including one at Brick Boulevard and Chambers Bridge Road. Before the cameras, police say there were 8 minor accidents and 5 serious accidents in one year. After the cameras, 20 minor accidents and 8 serious ones in the same amount of time. How much are those 85 dollar tickets hated?

"I paid 2 tickets. I borrowed a neighbor's car and she said a ticket came back. I had not had a ticket in 35 years. Now I have 4," Doris Taormina said.

The town got emails from people saying they would not visit because of those cameras.

Brick earned 640-thousand dollars from the fines. The private company that owns the cameras made $1,843,000 dollars. Their cash flow from Brick ends February 17.

Brick is one of 25 towns in New Jersey that is participating in the state's five-year red light camera pilot program, which is set to expire in 2015 unless the Legislature renews it.

Proponents say the cameras promote safe driving, but opponents say they do nothing more than generate money.