New Jersey municipalities are considering the future of red-light cameras after the mayor of Brick Township announced recently that the town would not renew its contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, reports the South Jersey Times. The same vendor is used by many New Jersey municipalities to provide red light cameras. Most South Jersey mayors say they’ll continue using the cameras for now.
Red light cameras are used in 11 New Jersey counties. The devices were the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed last summer. Plaintiffs sued 18 municipalities, arguing that officials failed to complete traffic studies before installing the cameras, then failed to conduct regular inspections. A judge awarded 500,000 drivers a total of $4.2 million. Officials acknowledged that the cameras unpopular with citizens but provide money to municipalities.