TRENTON, NJ – The controversial red light camera program is scheduled to expire Tuesday, Dec. 16. Opponents of the red light cameras are expected to hold a celebratory rally along Stelton Road to cheer the demise of the red light camera program.
The red light cameras located on Stelton Road have been the scene of a border dispute between South Plainfield and Piscataway. South Plainfield in 2013 petitioned the New Jersey D.O.T. to have the red light cameras removed. The resolution received statewide attention.
Deputy State Assembly Speaker L. Grace Spencer, Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo, and Assemblywoman Elinana Pintor Martin, all Essex County based legislators, have introduced legislation to allow municipalities to operate red light cameras within their own municipal jurisdictions.
Piscataway Township has red light cameras at a number of its intersections. The red light cameras at Stelton Road and Hadley Road, and Stelton Road and New Brunswick Avenue are located at the South Plainfield border. The red light cameras are on three legs of these intersections. South Plainfield has been fighting to have these cameras removed.
Last month South Plainfield’s hometown Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan had this to say to TAP; “I do not support extending the law, said Patrick J. Diegnan, 18th District Assemblyman. “To my knowledge there is no support to do so in either house of the legislature. Accordingly it will sunset.”
“The law on these cameras should sunset, said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh. “Walking door to door this year the residents of South Plainfield have made it very clear that they detest these cameras, and so do I.”
Last month Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin had this to say to TAP about red light cameras: “During my nine years on the East Brunswick Council I never voted for red light cameras, said Nancy Pinkin 18th District Assemblywoman. “People in New Jersey already pay high taxes, I would like to see the safety data, but if the cameras are just another revenue grab than I am opposed to them."