By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Red light cameras are still up and running in New Jersey but officials have announced there will be no new ones set up as the state gets closer to the end of a five year test program.
Seventy-six intersections statewide are equipped with the cameras, with a half dozen South Jersey communities taking part in the program.
Since it takes at least two years of study at each intersection to come to conclusions on whether they really make things safer, adding any more now would do no good, since the program itself could go away as early as December of next year.
“The data from two years or more is more useful for us, because then we’re able to compare the crash severity and frequency from one year to the next,” says Joe Dee of NJDOT.
Results so far? Inconclusive.
Whether the cameras will remain in place after the expiration of the pilot program is up to the legislature and the governor.