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States and cities making U-turn on despised red-light and speed cameras

States and cities making U-turn on despised red-light and speed cameras

Public hates them, insurance industry backs them, but the data are mixed
Sep 28th 2018 at 12:15PM

This article is from Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Have you had it with red-light and speed cameras? You're not alone — a growing number of states and cities are getting restless too and even outlawing them.

Several states have moved to get rid of the cameras or squelch their use in local communities as complaints pour in from drivers who think the cameras are there to reap revenue rather than prevent accidents. The use of cameras has never survived a referendum, according to the National Motorists Association, a consumer group.

But the insurance industry has fought back, pitting its own studies against others about the cameras' impact on traffic safety.

Some New Jersey lawmakers, though, are pushing legislation that would take the fight further than ever before.

The state ended its red-light camera program four years ago. Now, some Garden State lawmakers want to hamper other states' red-light enforcement by prohibiting the state's Motor Vehicle Commission from giving out identifying information on their residents to other states. That means if a New Jersey tag holder gets a ticket because of a speed or red-light camera in another state, New Jersey wouldn't provide the name and address associated with the license plate... FULL ARTICLE

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