TRENTON, NJ – The State Department of Transportation has notified New Jersey Municipalities that if legislation to extend the legal authority of the red light camera program does not get passed, there will be no legal authority to issue summonses after Dec. 16, 2014.
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.
“I do not support extending the law," South Plainfield’s Patrick J. Diegnan, 18th District Assemblyman, said. “To my knowledge there is no support to do so in either house of the legislature. Accordingly it will sunset.”
South Plainfield has been fighting to have these cameras removed since the inception of the pilot program.
“The law on these cameras should sunset," South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh said. “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.”
The South Plainfield Borough Council in September 2013 passed a bipartisan resolution requesting the New Jersey State D.O.T. have the red light cameras removed from the South Plainfield intersections with Piscataway.
“We met with Piscataway when the idea was originally floated, and safety never came up during the meeting,” South Plainfield Councilman Ray Rusnak said. “It was all about the money for Piscataway. We decided South Plainfield should not participate in the program.”
“During my nine years on the East Brunswick Council I never voted for red light cameras,” Nancy Pinkin 18th District Assemblywoman said. “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 then I am opposed to them.”
South Plainfield’s Borough Council’s decision to ask the DOT to remove the red light cameras back in 2013 generated debate statewide, with Anesh appearing on several television and radio news segments explaining why he wanted the cameras gone. Anesh had this to say to The Alternative Press of South Plainfield last year:
The five-year pilot program, which currently has 73 equipped red light intersections in 24 towns will expire on Dec.16, 2014. At the present time, no one has introduced a bill to renew the program.