Red Light Cameras Suspended in New Jersey After Hundreds of Erroneous Tickets Mailed

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New Jersey's red light camera program has been suspended pending a widespread number of tickets issued erroneously to people going through yellow lights.

That'll do it.

The newly-installed cameras, placed at busy intersections to capture speeders and red light runners in the act, result in tickets being mailed to the violators.

In addition to coming as a surprise (and raising civil rights questions) among those who are unaware they're being filmed ... they're also not accurate.

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In New Jersey, 63 out of 85 traffic cameras apparently weren't calibrated correctly and not allowing sufficient time to proceed through yellow caution lights.

Officials are suspending camera use for the time being, presumably to fix the lights. People who have already paid their tickets won't get a refund, however.

Officials are, however, willing to work with motorists on getting the tickets expunged from their record, according to the National Motorists Association.

Cameras at the impacted intersections will continue to run and register violations but those violations will no longer be sent to motorists automatically.

If the yellow light timing is found to be below the requirement on video, motorists won't be mailed a ticket. If the minimum requirement is met, they will.

Since NJDOT gave an August 1 date to get this done, that is within the 90 days allowed for a ticket to be delivered after the violation is determined.

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