Brick Mayor John Ducey
Citing accident statistics reporting an increase in accidents at the three red light camera intersections in his Township, Brick Mayor John Ducey announced this afternoon that he is not renewing American Traffic Solutions’s contract.
Brick’s red light camera program terminates effective February 18, 2014 and equipment is to be removed by February 24.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, New Jersey’s most prominent opponent of the red light camera program was on hand to congratulate Ducey, the residents of Brick, and New Jersey motorists who drive in Brick.
“When I was running for Mayor, one of the most frequent sources of frustrations of the people I spoke to was the red light cameras. I promised to review our red light camera program and remove them if that review didn’t convince me that they were making our roads safer,” said Mayor Ducey. “I have kept that promise. After conducting that review, I am not convinced that the benefit is safety and not revenue. At the end of the day, the statistics I was shown did not convince me that these cameras are making intersections safer. The strongest argument for keeping the lights is for the revenue they generate and I feel strongly that government should not be balancing budgets through punitive measures,” As a result I am not renewing the red light camera contract which is effectively ending red light cameras in Brick Township.”
Ducey noted an increase in accidents at each of the three Brick intersections that have RCLs between 2012 and 2013, the 2013 data is not completely reported yet.
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Posted: February 6th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Red Light Cameras | Tags: American Traffic Solutions, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, ATS, Brick, Brick Township, Declan O'Scanlon, John Ducey, Mayor John Ducey, Red Light Camera Program, Red Light Cameras | 5 Comments »
Legislation will prohibit NJ drivers’ information from being shared with private companies for purposes of speed or red-light camera enforcement
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon announced today that he has filed legislation that will not allow New Jersey drivers to be preyed upon by red-light or speed-camera manufacturers that operate in other States. This legislation was modeled after a South Dakota statute that passed both houses and was signed into law by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard this year.
“New Jersey’s red light camera program, mercifully, appears to be headed towards certain death this December – and we already wisely ban speed camera enforcement – but these systems continue to operate in neighboring states where our drivers often commute,” O’Scanlon explained. “These systems have proven to be error-ridden and non-effective so we shouldn’t allow our motorists to be preyed upon when they are outside of our borders. By continuing to share this information – now that the evidence is clear that these systems don’t improve safety – New Jersey would essentially become complicit in the scam. And that’s exactly what these systems are – government sanctioned theft. If you set yellow light times and speed limits based on sound engineering criteria you end up with the safest roadways. You also eliminate the profits in these systems.”
The bill will prohibit the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission from sharing residents’ license plate information with the private companies operating these systems for the purposes of speed-camera and red-light camera citations.
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Posted: July 15th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Press Release, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Press Release, Red Light Cameras | Comments Off on O’SCANLON BILL ENDS FLEECING OF NJ DRIVERS BY OUT OF STATE SPEED AND RED-LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAMS
By Senator-elect Declan O’Scanlon
Senator-elect Declan O’Scanlon
New Jersey motorists need to be warned that Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., one of the two now-infamous red light camera companies blessedly sent packing with the end of the failed pilot program in December, is trying to bring automated enforcement back to the state. This is company U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall was referring to when she said this at the bribery sentencing of former Redflex CEO Karen Finely: ‘… But when we have a corporation that is in the community making millions of dollars on a product that abuses the people, there is no sense of corporate social responsibility there. … That impact cannot be underestimated.’ Nice.
This time they are hiding behind our children’s so-called ‘safety’ in the form of cameras on school buses. No one should be fooled. We proved red light cameras were a scam hiding behind false safety claims, and this bill is more of the same. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 2nd, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Red Light Cameras, RedFlex, Redflex Traffic Systems, School Bus Cameras | 3 Comments »
About two years ago, red light cameras in New Jersey went dark, and opponents and supporters began the wait to see if the state Department of Transportation would scuttle or keep the program. Two years later, they’re still waiting. The DOT has yet to render a final report and make recommendations to lawmakers on the ultimate… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 23rd, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Red Light Cameras | Tags: American Traffic Solutions, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Charles Territo, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, National Motorist Association, Red Light Cameras | 2 Comments »
Even with his grimace, O’Scanlon is celebrating
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is reminding New Jersey residents that the end of the Red Light Camera program, which occurred last December 16th, is one of the many things to celebrate this time of year.
“December 16 marks the one year anniversary of the termination of New Jersey’s failed experiment with for-profit traffic enforcement. It is a blessed day for New Jersey drivers who no longer have to fear having their pockets picked by the predatory, corrupt and dishonest companies who operated the systems.
We proved in New Jersey – where the systems showed no safety benefit but cost drivers tens of millions of dollars – that red light cameras are merely a way for camera operators to legally steal from drivers. If yellow lights are timed fairly there aren’t enough violators to even cover the systems’ costs – never mind generate profits for the municipal officials complicit in the scheme. Properly set yellow lights and properly engineered intersections also lead to genuine safety benefits – unlike completely ineffective red light and speed cameras.
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Posted: December 15th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Red Light Camera Program, Red Light Cameras | 7 Comments »
Posted: January 13th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, Newark, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Declan O'Scanlon, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Red Light Camera Program, Red Light Cameras, Redflex Traffic Systems | Comments Off on Red-light cameras generated $16M for Newark, $13M for traffic company
New Jersey’s State Government and 23 of its municipal governments will recover a morsel of integrity at midnight tonight when state sanctioned theft in the form of red light cameras cease to operate at 73 intersections. New Jersey’s Red Light Camera Program, authorized as a five year pilot during the lame duck session of the 2006-2008 legislature and signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine, expires tonight.
The fact that the Red Light Camera Program has not been renewed is due in large measure to the efforts of Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and his staff. Their efforts have been heroic.
O’Scanlon and Co. have been relentless in monitoring the Red Light Camera Program and telling the truth about it. They have hired independent experts to investigate complaints and document fraud within the program. They have sorted through data that has regularly been obfuscated by the red light camera companies (and bureaucrats friendly to them) to reflect improved safety conditions at RCL intersections where in fact conditions had often worsened. They have worked hard in getting the word out about the program’s failure and corruption. They have countered expensive advertising campaigns by the red light camera companies and countered expensive lobbyists working the halls of the Statehouse, without the benefit of the profits the red light camera companies stole from the motoring public to fund their efforts.
In thwarting the Red Light Camera Program’s renewal, O’Scanlon has proved himself to be “the real deal”….a leader who fights for the right thing because it is the right thing. He is an example of what a “public servant” should be.
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Posted: December 16th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, LD 13, Legislature, Monmouth County, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, Red Light Camera Program, Red Light Cameras | 4 Comments »
Posted: December 16th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Red Light Camera Program, Red Light Cameras | Comments Off on As red-light cameras go dark, was it a boon for safety or a bust?
Governor Chris Christie said that he his inclined to not renew New Jersey’s Red Light Camera program when the five year experiment expires in December.
Speaking at a press conference in Sea Bright yesterday afternoon, the governor feigned surprise that Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is opposed to the RLC program. O’Scanlon has waged a ferocious multi-year campaign against the cameras, producing independent data showing that the cameras increase accidents at intersections where they are installed, that they are often timed to entrap drivers and alleging that they are nothing more than a money grab on the part of the companies that operate them and the municipalities that deploy them.
Christie said he has not studied the issue to the extent that O’Scanlon has, “but I will, ” he said, “I have some concerns. At this point I am not inclined to allow them to continue, but I haven’t made a final decision yet.”
Posted: August 29th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, News, Red Light Cameras, Sea Bright | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Chris Christie, Declan O'Scalon, Red Light Camera Program, Red Light Cameras | Comments Off on Christie inclined to nix Red Light Cameras
Karen Finley, former CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc, one of two Red Light Camera companies operating in New Jersey, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago last week on bribery charges.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, New Jersey’s fiercest opponent of Red Light Cameras, says that is not a surprise:
“Well this is a shocking turn of events, said no one! If cameras actually increased safety no one would have to bribe anyone for business – we’d all be lining up! How any public entity can continue to do business with Redflex in particular, but really any of these companies pitching these ineffective, thieving cameras is beyond me. Is the lure of fast cash so strong we have decided that morality doesn’t matter? We now have multiple pieces of evidence of corruption reaching the highest levels of one of the two companies operating these cameras in New Jersey. Both companies are guilty of blatantly lying about their products and misrepresenting data.”
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Posted: August 19th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Bribery, Declan O'Scanlon, Indictment, Karen Finley, Red Light Camera Program, Red Light Cameras, RedFlex, RLCs | 1 Comment »