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West Long Branch Looking to Use Red Light Cameras

Council introduces ordinance that would allow use of cameras in borough

 

The West Long Branch Council is taking the necessary to steps to install red light cameras throughout the borough.

The council introduced an ordinance on Wednesday night that would would allow it to put the project out for bid while other specifics, including the location of the cameras, will be determined later.

A red light camera is a traffic enforcement camera that captures an image of a vehicle which has entered an intersection against a red traffic light. By automatically photographing vehicles that run red lights, the camera produces evidence that assists police departments in their enforcement of traffic laws.

West Long Branch Clerk Lori Cole said the borough would still have to go out a request for proposal (RFP) for a vendor to install the cameras if the council adopts the ordinance at its next meeting in November. Cole said the West Long Branch Police Department would determine which interesections would use the red light cameras.

Cole said the Department of Transportation (DOT) would have to approve the borough's use of the cameras before they can be installed.

"The borough must apply to be in the DOT's pilot program for the cameras, and there only a certain number of slots," Cole said. "Most of them are already taken and there are other pending applications."

The Eatontown Council adopted a similar ordinance to bring red-light cameras to Eatontown in 2011, but is also waiting to approved by the DOT for the pilot program.

Cole said the legislation that allows the red light camera pilot program expires in December, 2014, and that it would have to be extended for more cameras to be installed throughout the state.

State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, R-13 has introduced legislation aiming to stop the spread of the Red Light Camera program in New Jersey and said he believes they are ineffective and that camera operators manipulate data to serve their own interests and not those of the citizens.

joe October 19, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Chris, too many typos and words left out. Proofread please.
m October 20, 2012 at 04:28 AM
This is a bad move! west long branch does not need cameras! so sad - any way to SQUEEZE more money from us - the economy is bad enough! 1984 is here folks - big brother is watching.....
Bob Basher October 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I dont like the big brother idea...yes it may be good if I needed the info for some reason but the bad part is not worth the good even if it denies me something...cameras only tell half the story so you go to trial already guilty...and thats that...your reason for why you may have done what you did is not on camera... but even worse then these cameras...in a lot of towns upstate and central jersey I see thes God awful solar panels on telephone poles looking like hanging 4X8 boards attached to poles...sticking almost flat....looking absolutly UGLY...whose idea where those things...and who got the company that puts them up...they could have easily come up with a more ploe hugging design...those are horrid...and I seem them spreading all over the place...I guess they are for the street lights but Im telling you id rather have total darkeness then to look at these horrible looking arrays...they are so ungly I woul dhave to assume some politican that okd them got a hell of a kickback or has a brother in law in the businesss has anyone seen them? right up there with the verison hoola hoops they have all over our wire manageries.....
carl pinto October 28, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Another way to get money from the tax payers,who pays for these camaras and the up keep the tax payer,this is a bad idea.

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